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Top 25 Fastest Animals in the World

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What are the fastest animals on land? What is the fastest sea animal? What is the fastest running bird in the world? Here are 25 fastest animals on land,sea and air.

Speed is one of the most fascinating traits. It is in our nature that we are easily attracted to people or animals that are fast. If you ask any person about the fastest animal on earth then most will answer Cheetah. But do you that Cheetah is not the fastest animal in the animal kingdom. In fact there are a dozen more animals faster than Cheetah. Cheetah is actually fastest mammal, fastest land animal and fastest feline.

Here we have compiled a list of 25 fastest animal in the world:

Fastest Animals

25. Greyhound
Fastest Animals
Greyhounds are the fastest dog breeds and if trained properly they can run at a maximum speed of 70 KMPH or 44 MPH.
24. Elk
Fastest Animals
Elk is the largest species in Deer family. They can run at a speed of 72 KMPH or 45 MPH.
23. Blackbuck
Fastest Animals
Salman Khan may not have killed the Blackbuck because you know it is not easy to catch. With the speed of 50 MPH or 80 KMPH it can easily escape the bullet. Don’t you agree?
22. Lion
Fastest Animals
Lion are not considered as dangerous as Tigers. This is because they are very lazy and have predictable nature as compared to Tiger. But still these big cats are dangerous as they run at speed of 80 KMPH or 50 KMPH.
21. Blue Wildebeest
Fastest Animals
This large member of Bovidae is very fast and run at a speed of 50 MPH or 80.5 KMPH.
20. Springbok
Fastest Animals
Springbok is among the favourite prey of Big Cats. However it is not easy to catch them as they run at a speed of 88 KMPH or 55 MPH.
19. Pronghorn
Fastest Animals
Pronghorn is relative of Deer and cattle. It can run at the speed of 88.5 KMPH or 55 MPH.
18. Mexican Free-Tailed Bat
Fastest Animals
Mexican/Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat is fastest flying mammal in the world. They are common in America and Asia. They fly at the speed of 96.6 KMPH or 60 KMPH.
17. Ostrich
Fastest Animals
There is a saying that Ostrich bury their heads into sand when they see any danger. This is totally untrue. Do not bully and run away from an Ostrich. These big birds can easily catch you with their speed of 96.6 KMPH or 60 MPH.
16. Swordfish
Fastest Animals
Fishes that are similar in shape like Swordfish can actually swim at very good speed. This is because the elongated pointed bill helps them to make their way into water. Swordfish can swim at a speed of 97 KMPH or 60 MPH.
15. Anna’s Hummingbird
Fastest Animals
Thank God Hummingbird made it to the list or else I would have thought that its ability to flap wings at the rate of 50 flap/sec accounted to nothing. Anna’s Hummingbird can fly at the speed of98.7 KMPH or 61 miles per second.

14. Sail Fish
Fastest Animals
Though they look like Marlin and Swordfish due to their elongated bill but Sailfish are actually a very different species. They got their name due to their ability to swim at peak speed of 109.19 KMPH or 67.85 MPH.
13. Cheetah
Fastest Animals
Here it is, the most advertised fastest animal – Cheetah. This big cat can out run any land animal with an amazing speed of 120.7 KMPH or 75 MPH. That is the peak speed of many normal cars. So next time when you are on a Jungle Safari, Make sure you do not enrage a Cheetah.
12. Grey-Headed Albatross
Fastest Animals
Like all Albatross, this large sea bird too is known for its unique and beautiful look. But its not just beauty, Grey-Headed Albatross can fly at a speed of 79 MPH or 126.9 KMPH.
11. Gyrfalcon
Fastest Animals
Not to be confused with the famous house of Harry Potter. Gerfalcon is another sub species of Falcon that can fly at astonishing speeds. It has been recorded to fly at speed of 127 KMPH or 79 MPH.
10. Black Marlin Fish
Fastest Animals
This subspecies of Marlin fish is the fastest fish in the sea. It can swim underwater at an amazing speed of 128 KMPH or 79.5 MPH. Black Marlin Fish is very large and bony fish.
9. Red-Breasted Merganser
Fastest Animals
At first this duck gives impression of Daffy Duck from Looney Tunes. But make no mistake as this duck can easily outrun Cheetah in a race. It is a dive duck and can do both swimming and flying. He can fly at a speed of 129 KMPH or 80 MPH.
8. Spur Winged Goose
Fastest Animals
Spur Winged-Goose is a very large bird and it looks similar to Geese. It can fly at an amazing speed of 129 KMPH or 88 KMPH.
7. Horsefly
Fastest Animals
Yes there is an insect that can outrun Cheetah. Sounds interesting, eh? Horseflies are common flies that are found all over the world. They can fly at a speed of 145 KMPH or 90.1 MPH.
6. Rock Dove
Fastest Animals
Rock Dove is a sub species of Pigeon and is very common in Asian countries such as India. It is in fact kept as a pet in India. There are even Pigeon races in India. They are recorded to fly at the speed of 148.9 KMPH or 92.5 MPH. They are capable of flying long distances in this speed range.

5. Frigate Bird
Fastest Animals
Frigatebird have very large wings and they mostly eat Fish and Squid. They are found in tropical reasons. They can fly at the speed of 153 KMPH or 95 MPH.
4. Eurasian Hobby
Fastest Animals
Eurasian Hobby is widely distributed in Central Asia, Europe and some parts of Africa. This sub species of Falcon can go up to the speed of 160 KMPH or 100 MPH.
3. White-Throated Needletail Swift
Fastest Animals
Needletail Swift bird can attain a maximum speed of 170 KMPH or 105 MPH. It spend most of its life in the sky. In fact it makes its nest too on high cliffs.
2. Golden Eagle
Fastest Animals
Standing on Number 2 is the Golden eagle that can dive as fast as 200 MPH or 320 KMPH. However its average flight speed is recorded to be around 150 MPH or 240 KMPH
1. Peregrine Falcon
Fastest Animals

Peregrine Falcon or more popularly known as Duck hawk is fastest bird and the fastest animal in the animal kingdom. It can dive at a speed of 242 MPH or 389 KMPH. That is even faster than most racing cars in the world.

Did we miss any animal that is fast and furious? If there is a race of all animals on land who do you think will win?

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