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Old Monday 20th June 2005, 19:31   #1
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Who is the fastest

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I believe that the Peregrine is the fastest in a dive. So which bird is the fastest in level flight?
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Old Monday 20th June 2005, 19:37   #2
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Probably wrong, but would hazard a guess at one of the Swifts, perhaps Needletail?

Or, of course, whichever bird is just front of the Peregrine hurtling towards it! :)
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Old Monday 20th June 2005, 19:41   #3
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Red breasted Merganser can crack on a bit I believe ?
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Old Monday 20th June 2005, 19:49   #4
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Jos's answer sounds good, but I'm (sort of) with Steve on this one.

I understand ducks are pretty damn quick in level flight, and the humble Mallard can crack on at around 70mph.
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Old Monday 20th June 2005, 20:25   #5
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"I believe that the Peregrine is the fastest in a dive. So which bird is the fastest in level flight?"

Ian, different sources state different things.

Source (1) Fastest level flight, Canvasback Duck/Teal.
Source (2) Spinetail Swift 106 mph 171 kmh. (No flight status given)
Merganser 100 mph 161 kmh. (No flight status given)
Canvasback Duck 72 mph 116 kmh (Level flight)
Teal 60 mph 96.5 kmh. (Level flight)
Source (3) The Red-breasted merganser, the Eider, the Canvasback and the Spur-winged Goose can all reach 62mph 100kmh in level flight.

But the Canvasback Duck seems to be mentioned in all.

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Old Monday 20th June 2005, 21:00   #6
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White-throated Needletails are the only birds i ever had pass over me and had trouble getting onto cos they were THAT fast. Blink and you miss them!

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Thanks all for your replies, so it looks like the ducks "The Daddy"
Or is it the one in front of the Peregrine!!
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Old Thursday 23rd June 2005, 20:37   #8
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The merlin is the fastest bird in level flight reaching as speed og 100 MPH. My guess at the above listed redbreasted merganser is about 50 MPH or slightly faster than a Canada goose
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Old Thursday 23rd June 2005, 20:43   #9
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Read an article that claimed the Eider duck was the fastest, have no way of proving it of but its interesting that a number of wildfowl are named.



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Old Thursday 23rd June 2005, 23:00   #10
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Read that someone did research into the biometrics of flying animals and in level flight eiders had the highest "potential" speed. Never witnessed at this speed but i believe it is around 75 miles/h. Fastest recorded are various types of swifts at about 150mph with BBBIIIIGGGG wind assistance.
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Old Thursday 23rd June 2005, 23:02   #11
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yes James

I believe it's a WT Needletail as i mentioned earlier

I can vouch they shift a bit quicker than a Eider or Merg.

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Hi Ian, it's belived the peregrine's larger brother, the Gyrfalcon, is very fast in level flight. Unlike the peregrine, it uses mostly straight flight hunting methods- the only raptor able to overtake a duck with complete ease. I don't know it's recorded speed (or, if it's the fastest), but i know if it's hungry it can catch any of the mentioned birds.
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