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The fastest animals – birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and insects

The fastest birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and insects

Some time ago we prepared, gradually supplemented, the world’s biggest statement of the fastest animals. Recently we have presented a list of the fastest animals on land, in water and in the air. Today’s list includes the fastest animals in the following groups: mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, insects.

The fastest birds

We all know perfectly well that birds reign in the sky and although some insects can fly at speeds above 100 km/h, nothing can threaten their dominance. Birds are also the fastest animals in general.

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
5Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo)160100birdair
7Rock dove / rock pigeon (Columba livia)14992.5birdair
8Spur-winged goose (Plectropterus gambensis)14288birdair
9Grey-headed albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma)12779birdair
10Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna)9861birdair
11Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus)7245birdland
12Greater rhea (Rhea americana)6037birdland
13Darwin’s rhea (Rhea pennata)6037birdland
14Cassowary (Casuarius)5031birdland
15Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)4830birdland
16Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua)3522birdwater
17Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)3220birdland



The fastest fish

The seas, lakes and oceans are full of various creatures. The largest among them are mammals – we all probably know huge whales or predatory killer whales. However, the fish swim fastest. Below we present a list of the fastest fish. The fastest of them, swim faster than the cheetah runs.

NoAnimalTop Speed [km/h]Top speed [mph]ClassWhere
1Black marlin (Istiompax indica)13081fishwater
2Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)11068fishwater
4Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)9760fishwater
5Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri)9760fishwater
6Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)8050fishwater
7Striped marlin (Kajikia audax)8050fishwater
8Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)7245fishwater
9Flying fish7044fishwater
10Blue shark (Prionace glauca)6943fishwater
11Bonefish (Albula vulpes)6440fishwater



The fastest mammals

NoAnimalTop Speed [km/h]Top speed [mph]ClassWhere
1Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)12075mammalland
2Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis)10062mammalland
3Free-tailed bat9760mammalair
4Thomson’s gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii)9459mammalland
5Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana)8955mammalland
6Quarter Horse8855mammalland
7Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)8050mammalland
8Blackbuck  (Antilope cervicapra)8050mammalland
9Serval (Leptailurus serval)8050mammalland
10Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica)8050mammalland
11Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)8050mammalland
12Caracal (Caracal caracal)8050mammalland
13Cougar (Puma concolor)8050mammalland
14Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra)8050mammalland
16Maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)7647mammalland
17Virginia deer (Odocoileus virginianus)7547mammalland
18Dog Greyhound7446mammalland
19Black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus)7245mammalland
20Elk, Wapiti (Cervus canadensis)7245mammalland
21African wild dog (Lycaon pictus)7144mammalland
22Kangaroo (Macropus)7044mammalland
23Gray wolf (Canis lupus)7044mammalland
24Onager (Equus hemionus)6943mammalland



The fastest reptiles

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



The fastest insects

NoAnimalTop Speed [km/h]Top speed [mph]ClassWhere
1Horse fly14087insectair
2Moth Dark sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon)11069insectair


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