How Fast Do Birds Fly?




Birds fly at entirely by shape, wing size, wing shape, tail size and tail shape. For example, two simalar sized birds- the slarling and mocking bird- fly at two different rates. Starlings fly at around 37 to 47 mph. Mockingbirds fly at around 15 to 25 mph. Smaller birds fly at a similar rate to that of that of the mockingbird. the fastest bird can mean several things. The wandering allbotross is the fastest kenatic glider at 72 mph. The homing pigeon is the fastest domestic bird at 91 miles an hour. The perigrine falcon is the fastest diver at 120 to 240 miles an hour. The cave swiftlet flys at over 120 miles an hour but only when chased or flocking. shape has to do with the fastest birds. falcons over 15 inches average about 50 miles an hour. ducks fly on average 40 miles an hour. pigeons and doves fly on average 35 miles an hour. hummingbirds fly on average 27 miles an hour.  swallows fly an average of 35 miles an hour. turkeys fly on average 40 miles an hour. blackbirds fly on average 40 miles an  hour. pelicans fly around 20 miles an hour. eagles fly around 50 miles an hour. accipeters fly around 30 to 40 miles an hour but when pushed they exceed 60 miles an hour.  

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