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The fastest animals in the world – Top 100.



28 November 2013


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The fastest animals in the world – Top 100.

The fastest animals in the world – Top 100.

The question is, what kind of animal is the fastest in the world?

We present today a list of 60 fastest animals in the world. In the list of the fastest animals are birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and insects. The table speed records of animals includes the maximum (top) speed achieved by a species of animal.

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) – the fastest animal in the world – No 1.

The fastest animal in the world is a bird Peregrine Falcon. During the the dive flight peregrine falcon can reach speed of up to 350 km/hour! Record speed of the falcon, which was able to measure was 389 km/h (242 mph).

Some sources claim that during the dive falcon can reach speed over 400 km/h (248 mph) …

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) – the fastest animal in the world.

Golden Eagle, Gyrfalcon and Common Swift – birds at the top of the list – No 2, 3, 4.

The second, third and fourth place also accounts for the birds. We will not mention all the birds that reach dizzying speed – we have prepared for this purpose a separate statement – The fastest birds in the world. On this list, we wanted only underline the dominant position of the birds in the field of achieve speed.

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) – 320 km/h (199 mph).

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) – fastest land animal – 7th place.

Seventh on the list is a cheetah – the fastest mammal, reaching on a short distance in pursuit of prey speed of 113 km/h / 70 mph, (according to some sources even 120 km/h / 75 mph).

Different sources indicate different speeds for cheetah: 96–120 km/h (60–75 mph), 98 km/h (61 mph), 100 km/h (62 mph), 104 km/h (65 mph), 104.4 km/h (65 mph). There is a tendency to overestimate the speed of fast animals especially cheetah, and claim that cheetah can run 114 km/h (71 mph) or faster has been discredited

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) – the fastest mammal and land animal.

Black marlin, Sailfish and Swordfish – fastest fishes in the world.

The black marlin (Istiompax indica) and  Indo-Pacific sailfish  (Istiophorus platypterus) are the fastest fishes in the world. Black marlin reaches probably a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and is most likely faster than … cheetah.

Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) – one of the fastest fish in the world.

Top speed of animals - Top 60.

NoAnimalTop Speed [km/h]Top speed [mph]
1Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)389242
2Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)320199
3Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)209130
4Common Swift (Apus apus)171106
5Horse fly14090
6Black marlin (Istiompax indica)13081
7Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)12075
8Dark sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon)11069
9Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)11068
10Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis)10062
11Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)9760
12Free-tailed bat9760
13Thomson's gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii)9459
14Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana)8955
15Quarter Horse8855
16Serval (Leptailurus serval)8050
17Wildebeest (Connochaetes)8050
18Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)8050
19Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)8050
20Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra)7547
21Virginia deer (Odocoileus virginianus)7547
22Dog Greyhound7446
23Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus)7245
24Black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus)7245
25Elk, Wapiti (Cervus canadensis)7245
26African wild dog (Lycaon pictus)7144
27Kangaroo (Macropus)7044
28Onager (Equus hemionus)6943
29Coyote (C. latrans)6943
30Gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)6842
31Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)6540
32Jaguar (Panthera onca)6540
33Common dolphin6540
34Zebra (Equus)6540
35Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)6440
36Mongolian wild ass (Equus hemionus hemionus6440
37Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)6138
39Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)6037
40Lion (Panthera leo)6037
41Leopard (Panthera pardus)5836
43Common rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)5735
44Snow leopard (Uncia uncia)5635
45Dog Whippet5635
46Moose (Alces alces)5534
47Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)5031
48Cassowary (Casuarius)5031
49Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)4830
50Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos)4830
51Common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)4830
52Domestic cat (Felis catus)4830
54African elephant (Loxodonta africana)4025
55Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)3522
56Lizard Six-lined Racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus)3220
57Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)3220
58Gray Squirrel (Sciurius carolinensis)3220
59Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)3019
60Snake black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)2314

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(1) Reader Comment

  1. Robert
    28 November 2013 at 17:33

    This is the most complete list I ever found. Thanks!

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