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The fastest animals in the world – Top 10

The fastest animals – Top 10 and Top 100

Top speed of Animals

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

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.

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 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]ClassWhere
1Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)389242birdair
2Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)320199birdair
3Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)209130birdair
4Common Swift (Apus apus)171106birdair
5Horse fly14090insectair
6Black marlin (Istiompax indica)13081fishwater
7Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)12075mammalland
8Moth Dark sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon)11069insectair
9Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)11068fishwater
10Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis)10062mammalland
11Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)9760fishwater
12Free-tailed bat9760mammalair
13Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri)9760fishwater
14Thomson's gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii)9459mammalland
15Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana)8955mammalland
16Quarter Horse8855mammalland
17Serval (Leptailurus serval)8050mammalland
18Wildebeest (Connochaetes)8050mammalland
19Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica)8050mammalland
20Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)8050mammalland
21Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)8050fishwater
22Striped marlin (Kajikia audax)8050fishwater
23Caracal (Caracal caracal)8050mammalland
24Cougar (Puma concolor)8050mammalland
25Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra)8050mammalland
27Maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)7647mammalland
28Virginia deer (Odocoileus virginianus)7547mammalland
29Dog Greyhound7446mammalland
30Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus)7245birdland
31Black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus)7245mammalland
32Elk, Wapiti (Cervus canadensis)7245mammalland
33Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)7245fishwater
34African wild dog (Lycaon pictus)7144mammalland
35Kangaroo (Macropus)7044mammalland
36Gray wolf (Canis lupus)7044mammalland
37Flying fish7044fishwater
38Onager (Equus hemionus)6943mammalland
39Coyote (C. latrans)6943mammalland
40Blue shark (Prionace glauca)6943fishwater
41Gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)6842mammalland
42Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)6540mammalland
43Jaguar (Panthera onca)6540mammalland
44Common dolphin6540mammalwater
45Zebra (Equus)6540mammalland
46Camel (Camelus)6540mammalland
47Bonefish (Albula vulpes)6440fishwater
48Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)6440mammalland
49Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)6440mammalland
50Mongolian wild ass (Equus hemionus hemionus)6440mammalland
51Donkey/ass (Equus africanus asinus)6440mammalland
52Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)6138mammalland
54Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)6037mammalland
55Greater rhea (Rhea americana)6037birdland
56Darwin's rhea (Rhea pennata)6037birdland
57Lion (Panthera leo)6037mammalland
58Amur leopard6037mammalland
59Leopard (Panthera pardus)5836mammalland
61Common rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)5735mammalland
62Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)5635mammalland
63Snow leopard (Uncia uncia)5635mammalland
64Dog Whippet5635mammalland
65American bison (Bison bison)5635mammalland
66Wild boar (Sus scrofa)5635mammalland
67Killer whale/orca (Orcinus orca)5635mammalwater
68Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)5534mammalwater
69Moose (Alces alces)5534mammalland
70Bobcat (Lynx rufus)5534mammalland
71Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)5031mammalland
72Cassowary (Casuarius)5031birdland
73Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)4830birdland
74Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos)4830mammalland
75Common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)4830mammalland
76Domestic cat (Felis catus)4830mammalland
77White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)4830mammalland
78Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)4830mammalland
80Blue whale4830mammalwater
81Llama (Lama glama)4528mammalland
84African elephant (Loxodonta africana)4025mammalland
85Perentie (Varanus giganteus)4025reptileland
86Bearded dragon (Pogona)4025reptileland
89California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)4025mammalwater
91Leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx)3924mammalwater
92Red panda (Ailurus fulgens)3824mammalland
93Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)3522reptilewater
94Green iguana (Iguana iguana)3522reptileland
95Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)3522mammalland
96Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua)3522birdwater
97Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)3522mammalwater
99Lizard Six-lined Racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus)3220reptileland
100Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)3220birdland
101Gray Squirrel (Sciurius carolinensis)3220mammalland
103Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)3019mammalwater
104Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)3019mammalland
105Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)3019mammalland
106Honey badger (Mellivora capensis)3019mammalland
109Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus)2415mammalland
110Raccoon (Procyon lotor)2415mammalland
112Snake black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)2314reptileland
113Beluga, white whale (Delphinapterus leucas)2214mammalwater
114Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis)2113reptileland
115Lemur katta (Lemur catta)1912mammalland
116Elephant Seal1912mammalwater
117Pig (domestic)1811mammalland
118Domestic goat (Capra aegagrus hircus)1710mammalland
120Freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnsoni)1710reptileland
122House mouse138mammalland
124Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)106mammalland
125Sea otter (Enhydra lutris)95mammalwater
129Galápagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra)0.30.2reptileland
130Garden snail (Cornu aspersum)0.050.03molluskland


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

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

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

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