What is the Slowest Bird in the World?

If you would ask people what animal they would like to transform into if given the chance, they would probably say bird. I for one would like to transform into a bird. Even though my favorite animal in the world is the dog, I would like to be a bird. It’s mainly because of their ability to fly. Their ability to fly high above the world is a thing of envy to most. Flying just seems to feel so free. We even have sayings like as free as a bird.

However, not all birds fly. Ostriches and penguins don’t fly as high as eagles soar. And the birds that do manage to fly are not all as fast as falcons. Some birds like to take things slow. Some slow are on flying and some are slow on growing up. So what is the slowest bird in the world when it comes to flying?

american woodcock 2The American Woodcock is the slowest flying bird in the world. It can only fly up to 5 mph (8 km/h). The American Woodcock is the only woodcock found to inhabit North America. This woodcock lives in upland settings. It spends its time on the ground where its plumage provides camouflage. It is 10 to 12 inches long. Perhaps the woodcock’s plump body is the reason why it flies slowly.

A relative of the American Woodcock, the Eurasian Woodcock, is another slow flying bird. It roughly has the same speed as the American Woodcock. It flies up to 5 mph as well. The Eurasian Woodcock is similar to the American Woodcock. It is a medium-small bird that wades in the temperate and sub-arctic parts of Eurasia. It is slightly larger than its relative, the American Woodcock. The Eurasian Woodcock is about 13 to 15 inches long with a wingspan of almost twice its length.

If you are wondering what the slowest bird is in terms of maturity, there are also two of them. They are the Royal and Wandering Albatrosses. These albatrosses take 6 to 10 years for them to be full adults. The Royal and Wandering Albatrosses are both sea birds just like any albatross. The Royal Albatross is divided into two species, the Northern Royal Albatross and the Southern Royal Albatross. Both the Southern Royal Albatross and the Wandering Albatross are found in the southern oceans.

All in all, there are 5 slowest birds. We have two slowest birds in terms of flying, which are the American Woodcock and the Eurasian Woodcock. And there are three slowest birds in terms of maturity, the Northern Royal Albatross, the Southern Royal Albatross, and the Wandering Albatross.

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