ENVIS Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Birds included in top 10s in the world

  1. Crowned Hawk-eagle Stephanoetus coronatus (Top 10 Super-strong Animals):                             Lifts four times own weight. It preys on Mammals such as monkeys and bushbucks that weigh upto 30Kgs                                                                                                                                                  
  2. Arctic Tern Sterna paradise (Top 10 Longest Animal Migrations):                                                  This small bird weighing 100 gm undertakes an incredible two way migration of 70,900 Kms. This bird leaves its breeding ground in August or September and heads south, tracing the cost of either Africa or South America and feeding in the Weddell Sea for 4-5 months before returning to the Arctic for the northern summer.                                                                                                                                  
  3. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrines (Top 10 Super-fast Animals):                                                    This Falcon regularly exceeds 322 km/hr during stoops (Hunting Dive) though doesn’t come close to that speed in level flight.                                                                                                                        
  4. White-throated needletail Hirundapus caudacutus (Top 10 Super-fast Animals):                             Flapping flight 169 km/hr

Reference: BBC Knowledge magazine (201) Volume 5 Issue 1