Watch Black History and Culture Videos all year long ➜
Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Why peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth

Watch more with these video collections:

Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals of the land—and it’s no wonder, their bodies are built for speed. While cheetahs can run up to 70 mph on land, peregrine falcons can dive at speed of over 200 mph. That’s faster than a 100 mph sneeze and around the same speed as a Formula One racing car. Peregrines are light in weight, aerodynamically shaped, and have robust respiratory systems; all of which allows them to be the fastest birds of prey, and animals in general. Peregrine falcon numbers took a massive hit during much of the 20th century in North America. They became nearly extinct because of pesticides, specifically DDT. The chemical made the falcon’s—and many other birds — eggshells thinner, preventing the embryos from developing, in addition to poisoning adult falcons. In 1972, DDT was banned and recovery efforts for peregrine falcons began soon after. By 1999, with concerted effort peregrine falcons saw their numbers increase dramatically and were removed the Endangered Species list.

From Gina Barton and Vox: Why peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth. Read more at Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s AllAboutBirds.org.

Next: The silent flight superpower of a stealthy predator, the Kingfisher hunts for fish on the River Shannon, and how small of a space can a Northern Goshawk fly through?.

Bonus: The American Kestrel falcon’s head stabilization skills.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Why do some birds fly in v-formation?

Rion Nakaya

Why do geese fly in V formation?

Rion Nakaya

Why can’t some birds fly?

Rion Nakaya

What makes owls so quiet & so deadly for prey? – Deep Look

Rion Nakaya

What can we learn about stress from birds?

Rion Nakaya

Weevils, katydids, an assassin bug, & other insects fly in slow-mo

Rion Nakaya

Tilly the Golden Eagle soars above the Scottish Highlands

Rion Nakaya

The silent flight superpower of a stealthy predator: The Owl

Rion Nakaya

The physics of why birds fly in V-formation

Rion Nakaya