TOP 10 HIGHEST FLYING BIRDS #bearded #vulture

TOP 10 HIGHEST FLYING BIRDS #bearded #vulture

Flying like a bird is a dream of every human.
Of course, we have airplanes to fly in sky. A commercial flight can travel at an altitude
of 30000 to 40000 feet. But, some birds can easily reach such great altitude. The followings
are 10 highest flying birds in the world. 10.Andean Condor.
Andean condor is a massive raptor inhabits in the high peaks and grassy plains across
South America. It is a large flying bird, weigh up to 15 kilograms. spanning up to 10
feet 6 inches , Andean condors have the longest wingspan of any raptor in the world, . They
love to glide in the wind and can each a maximum height of 15000 feet. Andean condor is also
regarded as a symbol of power, liberty and health. It is also the national bird of Bolivia,
Columbia, Chile and Ecuador. Unfortunately, the majestic Andean condor is an endangered
species. Over hunting and habitat loss are the main causes. Andean condors are scavengers
that primarily feed on carrion. They have excellent eyesight and could spot carrion
easily while gliding high in the sky. The sharp hooked beak and powerful claws let them
to easily collect meat from carcasses. 9. White stork.
White stork is a popular wading bird that known for its distinctive long neck that measure
up to 45 inches. They inhabit in warmer regions across Europe and West-central Asia. The white
storks have a wingspan of 2.3 meters and their beautiful plumage comes mainly in white. White
storks are strong migrant birds. They spend the winter season in tropical Africa. During
migration they form large flocks that contain thousands of members. White storks can also
reach at a maximum altitude of 16000 feet. 8. Bar-tailed Godwit.
Bar-tailed godwit is a strong migrant, large wandering bird with a distinctive long bill.
They breed  in Alaska and Siberia and wintering in Australia and New Zealand. Bar-tailed godwits
are also known for longest non-stop migration. During the epic journey from Alaska to South,
bar-tailed godwits cover about 11000 kilometers without rest. These amazing birds cover such
long route in just seven or eight days. Bar-tailed godwits could also reach a maximum height
of 20000 feet during the flight. Most amazing thing about bar-tailed godwits is their capability
to perform the long-distant migration without rest. They have a length between 14 to 16
inches and a maximum wingspan of 31 inches. Compared to other species of birds the bar-tailed
godwit consume very little energy from the body. They also feel less air resistance as
they have an aerodynamic body shape. 7. Mallard.
Mallard is a migratory wild duck found in North America and Europe. Mallard ducks are
notable for their iridescent-green head and bright yellow bill. Before the start of winter
mallard ducks migrate to the South where the temperature is mild. Mallard ducks usually
travel at an altitude of 1000 to 4000 feet. But they are also known for flying at 21000
feet. 6. Bearded Vulture.
Bearded vulture is a large species of vulture that inhabit in mountainous areas of Southern
Europe. They can reach up to a height of 4 feet and weigh between 5-7 kg. They also
have a wingspan of 2.5 to 2.7 meters. The strong, large wings let the bearded vultures
to soaring high above mountainous areas. They are capable of flying at an altitude of 24000
feet above the ground. Bearded vultures also known as ‘bone-eater’ because they exclusively
feed on carcass bones. They swallow small bones by the whole. If a bearded vulture gets
a big bone it would break the bone into smaller pieces by dropping the bone from a height
on the rocks. Also, Bearded vulture’s stomach acid can easily digest the bone pieces. 5.Alpine chough.
Alpine Chough is a medium-sized mountain dwelling bird that lives in the high mountains of Southern
Europe and Central Asia. They are also known as yellow-billed chough, named after their
bright yellow bill. Alpine chough is the highest nesting bird in the world. It built nest at
an altitude of 21300 feet. Alpine choughs are perfectly adapted to live in thin atmosphere.
Alpine choughs are notable for their amazing flight skills. They easily fly around high
peaks of the Himalayas. This mountain dwelling bird can reach a maximum height of 26500 feet.
Alpine choughs can fly at great altitudes, even in winter. 4. Whooper Swan.
Whooper swan is a large migratory bird that named after its ‘whooping’ calls. They
inhabit in flooded grasslands, wetlands, tundra, lakes and ponds of Southern Eurasia. They
are notable for their long neck and yellow and black bill. In winter, the whooper swans
migrate to Denmark, Germany and Britain. During migration, they form large flocks that contain
thousands of individuals. They fly in ‘V’ formations during their journey to wintering
grounds. Whooper swans usually fly at an altitude of 8000 feet during migration. But they can
reach a maximum height of 27000 feet from sea level. 3. Bar-headed goose.
Bar-headed goose is a migrating bird that can ascend to a height of 29000 feet, higher
than Mount Everest. Bar-headed geese are native to Central Asia. They are perfectly adapted
to fly over the Himalayan peaks where air pressure is dramatically low. Bar-headed geese
have higher lung capacity than other geese. Their body have more red blood cells and can
also increase the cardiac output in flight. Bar-headed geese are named after two dark
bars around their head. They inhabit in high altitude lakes across Central Asia. In winter,
bar-headed geese migrate to the South. They can cross a distance of 1000 miles in a single
day during migration. 2. Common Crane.
Common crane is the second highest flying bird in the world. They are known to fly across
Himalayas at a height of 33000 meters. Common cranes are also known as Eurasian crane that
live in Northern parts of Europe and Asia. The medium sized bird has a wingspan between
1.8 to 2.4 meters. It is a long distant migrant bird and wintering in Northern Africa. Common
cranes form a large ‘V’ shape formations during migration. 1. Ruppell’s griffon vulture.
Flying at an altitude of 37000 feet , Ruppell’s griffon vulture is the highest flying bird ever
recorded. Compared to ground the presence of oxygen is very less at such a great altitude.
But, Ruppell’s vulture’s body contains a special type of hemoglobin and makes the
oxygen intake more effective. Ruppell’s griffon vulture is a member of the vulture
family. They have an approximate length of 1 meter and weigh between 7 to 9 kg. The wingspan
of Ruppell’s vulture measure between 2.3 to 2.5 meters. They can fly at a speed of
22 miles per hour , and can stay in the air for hours. Ruppell’s vultures are scavengers.
They have keen eyesight and can spot carcasses from great heights.
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