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The fastest animals in the world – Top 10

The fastest animals – Top 10 and Top 100

Top speed of Animals

We present a list of over 100 fastest animals in the world. In the list of the fastest animals are birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and insects. The table containing the top speed of animals shows the highest speed that has been measured for a given species.


The fastest animals

NoAnimalTop Speed [km/h]Top speed [mph]GroupWhere
1Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)389242birdair
2Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)320199birdair
3Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)209130birdair
4Common Swift (Apus apus)171106birdair
5Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo)160100birdair
6Frigatebird15395birdair
7Rock dove / rock pigeon (Columba livia)14992.5birdair
8Spur-winged goose (Plectropterus gambensis)14288birdair
9Horse fly14087insectair
10Black marlin (Istiompax indica)13081fishwater
11Grey-headed albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma)12779birdair
12Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)12075mammalland
13Moth Dark sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon)11069insectair
14Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)11068fishwater
15Sailfish10968fishwater
16Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis)10062mammalland
17Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna)9861birdair
18Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)9760fishwater
19Free-tailed bat9760mammalair
20Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri)9760fishwater

A table containing the speed of over 140 animals can be found below in this article.

In the article we successively supplement the data concerning the speed of animals. Previously prepared charts may therefore differ slightly from the data presented in tables.

 

 

The fastest animals – Top 10
chart speed [km/h]

 


Fastest animals TOP 10 - chart speed in km/h.
Chart: Fastest animals TOP 10 – speed in km/h

 

 

 The fastest animals – Top 10
chart speed [mph]

Fastest animals TOP 10 - chart speed in mph.
Chart: Fastest animals TOP 10 – speed in mph

 

 

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 dive flight, the peregrine falcon can reach the speed of up to 350 km/hour (217 mph)! Top speed of the falcon, that was able to be measured was 389 km/h (242 mph).


Some sources claim that while diving the falcon can reach a top speed exceeding 400 km/h (248 mph) …

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

Golden EagleGyrfalcon 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 terms of achieving the maximum speed in the animal world.

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

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) – the fastest land animal

Number twelve (previously seven) on the list is the 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 – the fastest fish 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 100

NoAnimalTop Speed [km/h]Top speed [mph]GroupWhere
1Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)389242birdair
2Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)320199birdair
3Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)209130birdair
4Common Swift (Apus apus)171106birdair
5 Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo)160100birdair
6Frigatebird15395birdair
7Rock dove / rock pigeon (Columba livia)14992.5birdair
8Spur-winged goose (Plectropterus gambensis)14288birdair
9Horse fly14087insectair
10Black marlin (Istiompax indica)13081fishwater
11Grey-headed albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma)12779birdair
12Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)12075mammalland
13Moth Dark sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon)11069insectair
14Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)11068fishwater
15Sailfish10968fishwater
16Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis)10062mammalland
17Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna)9861birdair
18Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)9760fishwater
19Free-tailed bat9760mammalair
20Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri)9760fishwater
21Thomson's gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii)9459mammalland
22Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana)8955mammalland
23Springbok  (Antidorcas marsupialis)8855mammalland
24Quarter Horse8855mammalland
25Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)8050mammalland
26Blackbuck  (Antilope cervicapra)8050mammalland
27Serval (Leptailurus serval)8050mammalland
28Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica)8050mammalland
29Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)8050mammalland
30Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)8050fishwater
31Striped marlin (Kajikia audax)8050fishwater
32Caracal (Caracal caracal)8050mammalland
33Cougar (Puma concolor)8050mammalland
34Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra)8050mammalland
35Hare8050mammalland
36Maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)7647mammalland
37Virginia deer (Odocoileus virginianus)7547mammalland
38Dog Greyhound7446mammalland
39Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus)7245birdland
40Black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus)7245mammalland
41Elk, Wapiti (Cervus canadensis)7245mammalland
42Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)7245fishwater
43African wild dog (Lycaon pictus)7144mammalland
44Kangaroo (Macropus)7044mammalland
45Gray wolf (Canis lupus)7044mammalland
46Flying fish7044fishwater
47Onager (Equus hemionus)6943mammalland
48Coyote (C. latrans)6943mammalland
49Blue shark (Prionace glauca)6943fishwater
50Gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)6842mammalland
51Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)6540mammalland
52Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)6540mammalland
53Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica)6540mammalland
54Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)6540mammalland
55Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)6540mammalland
56South China tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)6540mammalland
57Jaguar (Panthera onca)6540mammalland
58Common dolphin6540mammalwater
59Zebra (Equus)6540mammalland
60Camel (Camelus)6540mammalland
61Bonefish (Albula vulpes)6440fishwater
62Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)6440mammalland
63Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)6440mammalland
64Mongolian wild ass (Equus hemionus hemionus)6440mammalland
65Donkey/ass (Equus africanus asinus)6440mammalland
66Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)6138mammalland
67Hyena6037mammalland
68Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)6037mammalland
69Greater rhea (Rhea americana)6037birdland
70Darwin's rhea (Rhea pennata)6037birdland
71Lion (Panthera leo)6037mammalland
72Amur leopard6037mammalland
73Leopard (Panthera pardus)5836mammalland
74Jackal5735mammalland
75Common rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)5735mammalland
76Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)5635mammalland
77Snow leopard (Uncia uncia)5635mammalland
78Dog Whippet5635mammalland
79American bison (Bison bison)5635mammalland
80Wild boar (Sus scrofa)5635mammalland
81Killer whale/orca (Orcinus orca)5635mammalwater
82Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)5534mammalwater
83Moose (Alces alces)5534mammalland
84Bobcat (Lynx rufus)5534mammalland
85Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)5031mammalland
86Cassowary (Casuarius)5031birdland
87Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)4830birdland
88Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos)4830mammalland
89Common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)4830mammalland
90Domestic cat (Felis catus)4830mammalland
91White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)4830mammalland
92Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)4830mammalland
93Tapir4830mammalland
94Blue whale4830mammalwater
95Llama (Lama glama)4528mammalland
96Human44.7227.79mammalland
97Barracuda4327fishwater
98African elephant (Loxodonta africana)4025mammalland
99Perentie (Varanus giganteus)4025reptileland
100Bearded dragon (Pogona)4025reptileland
101Chimpanzee4025mammalland
102Gorilla4025mammalland
103California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)4025mammalwater
104Dragonfly3924insectair
105Leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx)3924mammalwater
106Red panda (Ailurus fulgens)3824mammalland
107Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)3522reptilewater
108Green iguana (Iguana iguana)3522reptileland
109Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)3522mammalland
110Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua)3522birdwater
111Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)3522mammalwater
112Chipmunk3321mammalland
113Lizard Six-lined Racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus)3220reptileland
114Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)3220birdland
115Gray Squirrel (Sciurius carolinensis)3220mammalland
116Mongoose3220mammalland
117Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)3019mammalwater
118Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)3019mammalland
119Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)3019mammalland
120Honey badger (Mellivora capensis)3019mammalland
121Squirrel2516mammalland
122Mule2415mammalland
123Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus)2415mammalland
124Raccoon (Procyon lotor)2415mammalland
125Alligator2415reptileland
126Snake black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)2314reptileland
127Beluga, white whale (Delphinapterus leucas)2214mammalwater
128Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis)2113reptileland
129Lemur katta (Lemur catta)1912mammalland
130Elephant Seal1912mammalwater
131Pig (domestic)1811mammalland
132Domestic goat (Capra aegagrus hircus)1710mammalland
133Frog1710amphibianland
134Freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnsoni)1710reptileland
135Chicken149mammalland
136House mouse138mammalland
137Rat138mammalland
138Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)106mammalland
139Sea otter (Enhydra lutris)95mammalwater
140Housefly74insectair
141Mosquito21.2insectair
142Sloth1.91.2mammalland
143Galápagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra)0.30.2reptileland
144Garden snail (Cornu aspersum)0.050.03molluskland

  

The fastest mammals – Top 10
chart speed [km/h]

The fastest mammals TOP 10 [km/h]
The fastest mammals TOP 10 [km/h]

 

 


 The fastest mammals – Top 10
chart speed [mph]

The fastest mammals TOP 10 [mph]
The fastest mammals TOP 10 [mph]

 

  

The fastest reptiles – Top 10

NoAnimalTop Speed [km/h]Top speed [mph]Where
1Perentie (Varanus giganteus)4025land
2Bearded dragon (Pogona)4025land
3Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)3522water
4Green iguana (Iguana iguana)3522land
5Lizard Six-lined Racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus)3220land
6Alligator2415land
7Snake black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)2314land
8Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis)2113land
9Freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnsoni)1710land
10Galápagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra)0.30.2land

 

The fastest reptiles – Top 10
chart speed [km/h]

The fastest reptiles Top 10 [km/h]
The fastest reptiles Top 10 [km/h]

 

 


The fastest reptiles – Top 10
chart speed [mph]

The fastest reptiles Top 10 [mph]
The fastest reptiles Top 10 [mph]

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18 Comments

    1. Right, our mistake. We have corrected the table, the graph we’ll correct soon. Thank you!

  1. Hi, it would be great if you could verify the mako shark and the tigers measurements’ because of the last researching

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