Why the peregrine falcon is the fastest animal in the world

No, cheetahs aren’t the fastest animals on Earth. Here's why this other animal is actually faster.

No, cheetahs aren’t the fastest animals on Earth

Taking all environments into account, it’s the peregrine falcon that holds the speed record. In 2005, one was recorded at 389.46 km/h, which is 16.86 km/h faster than the Formula 1 world record.

These peak speeds are reached when the falcon dives for prey. They’re possible thanks to its unique anatomy, even among birds of prey: wings that are more compact and pointed less pronounced ridges above its eyes to enhance aerodynamics and stiffer feathers to cut through the air and change direction.

During peak speeds, the air pressure could suffocate it but its nostrils have small bones called “tubercles” to slow down the air and decrease the pressure that could enter its lungs. But this exceptional speed isn't enough to hunt.

To catch its prey, it must also be agile and on the lookout. Its eyes allow it to see 2 times further than the human eye and to situate itself in space, even at high speeds. This allows it to close off its target. Launched at full speed the falcon can now throw its prey to the ground or stab it with the help of its 8 sharp talons.


03/01/2020 7:29 AM


  • Oppong T.
    11/02/2020 14:00

    No I'm faster than this animal

  • John S.
    10/11/2020 23:54

    Cheetahs are the fastest animal on land.

  • Eva D.
    10/11/2020 12:10

    I get more and more fascinated every day, thank you all

  • Florence C.
    10/09/2020 08:09

    Fascinating, amazing, interesting, thanks Brut

  • Johannes W.
    10/09/2020 05:23

    Who said cheetahs were the fastest animal? They are the fastest LAND animal. This is 3rd grade knowledge, COME ON.. 🙄

  • Jean W.
    10/09/2020 05:00

    I wish I could be one in my next life.

  • Abdul R.
    10/09/2020 04:51

    aisa kuch bana saktay hai?

  • Roger G.
    10/09/2020 04:12

    Excellent video and accompanying information

  • Nana C.
    10/09/2020 03:38

    Not certain that free fall diving with the aid of gravity qualifies as ‘fastest’ animal on earth. Cheetahs still reign!

  • Shaun M.
    10/09/2020 03:16

    Yes but not land speed

  • Nor A.
    07/17/2020 09:56

    Beautiful ❤️ and majestic

  • Haryati M.
    07/14/2020 22:53

    Such a majestic bird 😍😍😍

  • Hyder A.
    07/14/2020 20:34

    no no, shark is fastest in water than falcon.

  • Stephanie M.
    07/14/2020 18:55


  • Katherine B.
    07/13/2020 06:32

    No comparison 1 in air 1 on land

  • Sameer A.
    07/13/2020 06:05


  • RM O.
    07/12/2020 19:52

    Like it

  • Jacques K.
    07/12/2020 16:18

    Cheetahs and falcons are totally different things,and you can not compare them. 🙄😳😷

  • Ian T.
    07/12/2020 16:12

    There are two pairs that nest on Morro Rock. They are protected, of course, and usually there are people monitoring them but it appears Covid 19 may have put a damper on this...

  • Trudi K.
    07/12/2020 16:06

    Nature is incredible & so diverse Miracles