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What is claimed to be the fastest bird in level flight?

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What is claimed to be the fastest bird in level flight, (though its record is in dispute from supporters of the White-throated Needletail)?

posted Apr 10 by Karan Joglekar

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Red-breasted Merganser
It is claimed to be the fastest, at 129 km/h (80 mph). The White-throated Needletail has reportedly flown at 170 km/h (105 mph). There appears to be no international body to recognise these formally as official speed records. The Peregrine Falcon reaches over 320 km/h (200 mph) during its hunting dive, making it the fastest in the animal kingdom, but this speed cannot be maintained for long.

answer Apr 11 by Tapesh Kulkarni
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