The ability to move quickly on land, in the air, and in the sea is a characteristic shared by the world’s fastest creatures. Their bodies, wings, fins, and legs were designed by evolution to allow them to thrive in their environments and provide them with the edge they require to survive, hunt prey, and move with ease and skill. Natural selection has resulted in the evolution of the world’s fastest animals into quick creatures.
The World’s Fastest Animal
With a dive speed of 389 kilometres per hour, the Peregrine falcon is not only the fastest bird on the earth, but it is also the fastest animal on earth (242 mph). When it comes to birds of prey, peregrine falcons are one of the most common. They can be found on practically every continent except for the polar regions, very high mountains, and the vast majority of tropical rainforests.
Did You Know?
- The Peregrine Falcon has been a favourite of falconers for more than 3000 years, since since the nomads of Central Asia first used trained falcons to seek prey in the wild.
- The peregrine falcon reaches its maximum speed during its distinctive hunting stoop, when it can reach speeds of more than 200 mph (320 km/h).
- The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital was established in 1999 to provide medical treatment for falcons in need. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, which treats approximately 11,000 falcons every year, has developed to become the largest falcon hospital in the United Arab Emirates and the largest falcon hospital in the world.
- The oldest known Peregrine Falcon was at least 19 years and 9 months old when it was discovered in Minnesota by its band in 2012.
- The peregrine falcon has been recognised as Chicago’s official city bird.
- On July 17, 2020, the City of Rockford designated the Peregrine Falcon as its Official City Bird.
- The Peregrine falcon is the national bird of the United Arab Emirates, and it can be found on practically all denominations of UAE banknotes.
- The national emblem of the United Arab Emirates, also known as the UAE Coat of Arms, is represented by a falcon with the UAE flag in its centre.