Top 10 fastest animal in the world

Some animals have features that make them faster than other animals.

These animals either fly through the air, swim through water or run on land. Most of the fastest animals in the world are birds, so the list below includes a selection of the 10 fastest of all these different types of animals.

10. Brown Hare

The Brown Hare’s long back legs enable them to reach speeds of 77kph (48mph), the same speed as their predator the red fox.

Top 10 fastest animal in the world

9. Blue Wildebeest

The Blue Wildebeest, Springbok and Thompson’s gazelle can all run at about 80kph (50mph) which almost exactly matches the top speed of a lion.

Top 10 fastest animal in the world

8. Marlin

Marlin can swim at 80kph (50mph), just beaten for the title of the world’s fastest fish by the super speedy Sail Fish.

Top 10 fastest animal in the world

7. Pronghorn Antelope

The Pronghorn antelope is the second fasted land animal and at 98kph (60mph) can out-sprint predators.

Top 10 fastest animal in the world

6. Sail Fish

The sail fish is easily the world’s fastest fish, speeding through the water at 110kph (68mph)!

Top 10 fastest animal 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)! Cheetahs have a skill that no other big cat has. 

Top 10 fastest animal in the world

4. Spur-Winged Goose

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

Top 10 fastest animal in the world

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!

Top 10 fastest animal in the world

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!

Top 10 fastest animal in the world

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).

Top 10 fastest animal in the world

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