A peregrine falcon stooping near a man in a protective hat.

What is the fastest aerial animal?

The cheetah is well known to be the fastest creature on earth, but the animal kingdom is not limited to Earththe surface. What is the fastest flying animal? And what biological characteristics allow its speed? Nature’s fastest jet-setter is the peregrine falcon (Peregrine Falcon). ‘Peregrinus’ is Latin for ‘traveller’, an apt moniker given that raptors …

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