This list is based on the travelling speed when measured in level flying. The fastest animal is also a bird (see list), the Peregrine falcon, recorded when in a dive ( see notes below). The top of this list, the Spine-tailed swift, obviously gets it's name 'swift' for being so fast.
|Bird||max. recorded speed (kph)||speed (mph)|
|1.||Spine-tailed swift, also known as the White-throated Needletail (scientific name: Hirundapus caudacutus)||171||106|