10: Sailfish – 68mph/109kph
Sailfish, Istiophorus spp., are prized game fish that are found throughout the warmer oceans of the world.
9: Eider duck – 70mph/113kph
8: Canvasback duck – 72mph/116kph
The canvasback duck, Aythya valisineria, is characterized by its long thin neck that it uses when diving to help it forage for underwater plants.
7: Cheetah – 75mph/121kph
6: White-rumped swift – 77mph/124kph
The white-rumped swift, Apus caffer. They can be easily identified by its white rump that is of stark contrast to the rest of its plumage.
5: Red-breasted merganser – 80mph/129kph
The red-breasted merganser, Mergus serrator, is a diving bird that is in the same family as sawbills.
4: Spur-winged goose – 88mph/142kph
The spur-winged Plectropterus gambensis, can have a wing span as large as 2 meters and can be found throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
3: Frigate bird – 95mph/153kph
There are 5 different species of the frigate bird, which belong to the genus Fregata. During spring male frigate birds inflate the gular pouch on their neck. While exposing their stunning red skin in the hopes of attracting a mate.
2: Spine-tailed swift – 106mph/171kmp
The spine-tailed swift, Hirundapus caudacutus. It is a migratory bird that spends its winters in Australia and breeds during the spring mainly in Asia and Siberia. But they have been found as far north-west as Great Britain!
1: Peregrine falcon – 242mph/389kph
The Peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus, is one of the most widespread birds of prey. And can be found across every continent that is not covered by ice.
The Peregrine is a large falcon that is about the size of a crow. The bird is a fearsome aerial predator and is renowned for its agility and unique method of hunting called stooping. The extreme speed of the bird has made it very popular as a show-bird among falconers.