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The highest flying birds – Top 10

Top-flying birds – Top 10

People for years have wondered how high birds can fly. Which of them is the record holder and whether it is possible for the bird flew over the Himalayas? Today’s statement will give the answer to above questions.

10. White stork (Ciconia ciconia) – 4,800 m (15,750 feet)

white stork (Ciconia ciconia)
White stork (Ciconia ciconia).


9. Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) – 5,000 m (16,400 ft)

Andean condor (Vultur gryphus)
Andean condor (Vultur gryphus)


8. Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) – 6,000 m (20,000 feet)

Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica).


7. Mallard, wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) – 6,400 m (21,000 feet)

Mallard, wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mallard, wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos).


6. Bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) – 7,300 m (24,000 feet)

Bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus)
Bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus).


5. Alpine chough, yellow-billed chough, (Pyrrhocorax graculus) –  8,000 m (26,500 feet)

Alpine chough, yellow-billed chough, (Pyrrhocorax graculus)
Alpine chough, yellow-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus).


4. Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) – 8,200 m (27,000 feet)

Whooper swan (pronounced hooper) (Cygnus cygnus)
Whooper swan (pronounced hooper) (Cygnus cygnus)


3. Bar-headed goose (Anser indicus) – 8,800 m (29,000 feet)

Bar-headed goose (Anser indicus)
Bar-headed goose (Anser indicus).


2. Common, Eurasian crane (Grus grus) – 10,000 m (33,000 feet)

common crane (Grus grus)
Common crane (Grus grus).


1. Rüppell’s griffon vulture (Gyps rueppellii) – 11,300 m (37,000 feet)

Rüppell's griffon vulture (Gyps rueppellii)
Rüppell’s griffon vulture (Gyps rueppellii).


Top-flying birds soar to altitudes at which airliners fly (10 000 – 11 000 m). Some of them can rise up above the highest peak of the world – Mount Everest 8848 m / 8850 m (depending on the measurement).

The answer to the title question is “yes”. Birds can fly over the Himalayas.

Rüppell's griffon vulture (Gyps rueppellii).
Rüppell’s griffon vulture (Gyps rueppellii) – Top-flying bird.


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