Which bird flies fastest, which is smallest, which lays the largest egg, which has the greatest number of feathers, and a flock of additional amazing facts.
Did you know there are about 9,600 bird species in the world, and that more than 2,000 have been recorded in North America? Each one is fascinating.
• Fastest-moving bird: Peregrine Falcon diving at 200 mph (320 km/h)
• Slowest-flying bird: American Woodcock at 5 mph (8 km/h)
• Longest-submerged bird: Emperor Penguin at 18 minutes
• Slowest wingbeat: vultures at 1/sec
• Greatest weight-carrying capacity: Pallas’s Fish Eagle lifting a 13-lb (5.9-kg) carp — 160% of body weight
• Coldest temperature endured: -80.5 degrees F (-62.5 degress C) by Snowy Owls
• Keenest sense of hearing: Barn Owl
• Smallest bird: Bee Hummingbird at 2.24 in (5.7 cm), 0.056 oz (1.6 g)
• Largest egg: Ostrich measuring 7 by 4.5 in (17.8 by 14 cm)
• Smallest clutch size: 1 egg laid every 2 years by albatrosses
• Greatest wingspan: Wandering Albatross at up to 11 ft 11 in (3.63 m)
• Longest tail feathers: Crested Argus Pheasant at 5.7 ft (173 cm)
• Greatest number feathers: Tundra Swan at 25,216
• Lowest number feathers: Ruby-throated Hummingbird at 940
We found the facts about birds above in the book The Bird Almanac: A Guide to Essential Facts and Figures of the World’s Birds, by David M. Bird
Hotspots Near You
We’ve published “Hotspots Near You” since October 2006. In it, we provide up-to-date information from local birders about easily accessible places to watch birds. You’ll find maps, directions, bird lists, links, contact information, and detailed descriptions of hotspots that are great for birding close to home.