What Makes Peregrine Falcons the Fastest Animals on Earth?

Kirstin Fawcett
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One might say that the peregrine falcon is the cheetah of the sky: It lacks the cheetah's distinctive orange-and-black coloring, but in mid-air, the predatory bird can travel up to three times faster than the land-bound feline.

The crow-sized falcon cruises at rates between 40 and 60 miles per hour, and can even clear an astounding 293 feet per second while diving to capture prey. Learn how the bird’s body is built for speed by watching the video below, courtesy of Vox.

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