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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 26, 2011

Great Snipe The World’s Fastest Long Distance Flyer

Gallinago media

Great Snipe Image via Wikipedia

The Great Snipe Gallinago media  is the fastest long-distance flyer of any bird.  A Great Snipe can be capable of a flying a single  96 hours 4000 mile trip without stopping or sleeping.  They can achieve speeds averaging 50 miles.

Read more in Biology Letters Great flights by great snipes: long and fast non-stop migration over benign habitats  and Wired Science Chubby Little Birds Make Superfast Long-Distance Fights | Wired Science | Wired.com.

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