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Birds of Prey Flight Speeds – North America

Birds of prey are amazing creatures capable of flying at unbelievable speeds. Whether gliding through the air or diving at an astronomical velocity to snatch up prey, raptors have amazed people all around the world. Thus, the experts at Rodent Pro wanted to start an article series on the known speeds of birds of prey around the world. Our first stop will be North America.

North America is home to an incredible amount of raptor species naturally selected to kill small and medium sized ground mammals, fish and other small birds. From mighty falcons to eagles and owls, our list of maximum raptor airspeeds includes some of the most fascinating birds of prey.


Maximum Airspeed


130 mph

Peregrine Falcon

242 mph

Golden Eagle

200 mph

Broad-winged Hawk

200 mph

Red-tailed Hawk

121 mph

Bald Eagle

100 mph

Ferruginous Hawk

100 mph

Prairie Falcon

90 mph


80 mph

California Condor

55 mph

Cooper’s Hawk

55 mph

Barn Owl

50 mph

Snowy Owl

50 mph

Great Horned Owl

40 mph

Northern Harrier

38 mph

Northern Goshawk

38 mph

Short-eared Owl

26 mph

Burrowing Owl

12 mph




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