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Parallax Post: Top 5 Fastest Animals In The World

5. Cheetah

The cheetah is skilled at running down fast prey and can reach a top speed of 113kph (70mph). That’s three times faster than the top running speed for a human which is about 36kph (22mph)!

Cheetah !

4. Spur-Winged Goose

The Spur-Winged Goose is the world’s largest goose and can fly at 142kph (88mph).

Spur-Winged Goose!

3. Frigate Bird

The frigate bird’s speed of 153kph(95mph) is helped by having the largest wingspan to body weight ratio of any bird. They are able to stay aloft for more than a week at a time!

Frigate Bird!

2. White Throated Needletail

The White Throated Needletail (also known as the Spine Tailed Swift) is the fastest bird in powered flight, with a top recorded speed of 171kph/106mph!

White Throated Needletail!

1. Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird, and in fact the fastest animal on the planet, when in its hunting dive, the stoop, in which it soars to a great height, then dives steeply at speeds of over 322kph (200mph). It reaches horizontal cruising speeds of up to 90 kph (56mph). Find out more fascinating information on Peregrine Falcons in our Animals A-Z section.

Peregrine Falcon!