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    Revelations: The fastest British birds

    NewsBird NewsMonday 30 July 2012
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    According to The Telegraph, an analysis of around 38 million birds, monitored over more than a 100 years has revealed that the fastest bird is a gannet  (Morus bassanus) which flew 722 miles in one day. The seabird “completed the flight, from Great Saltee Island, off the south coast of Ireland, to Gronnestrand, in northern Denmark, at an average speed of 30mph.”

    “The second-fastest flight was by a blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) which took a day to travel 626 miles from The Hague, in the Netherlands, to North Roe, on the Shetland Islands, at an average speed of 26mph. In third place was a common swift (Apus apus) which covered more than 3,100 miles in five days, during its migration from Liberia, west African, to Fowlmere in Cambridgeshire, at an average speed of 25mph.”

    Source: The Telegraph

    Photo by: Dean Eades

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