Top 10: what are the highest flying birds?

Top 10: what are the highest flying birds?

Giving Tim Peake a run for his money, these birds soar at the highest altitudes.

1

Rüppell’s griffon vulture

Rüppell’s griffon vulture
Altitude: 1,300m

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Distribution: Sahel region, Africa

2

Common crane

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Altitude: 10,000m

Distribution: Northern Europe and Asia

3

Whooper swan

Whooper swan
Altitude: 10,000m

Distribution: Northern Europe and Asia

4

Alpine chough

Alpine chough
Altitude: 8,000m

Distribution: Mountains from Spain to China

5

Lammergeier

Lammergeier
Altitude: 7,300m

Distribution: Mountains in Europe, Asia and Africa

6

Andean condor

Andean condor
Altitude: 6,500m

Distribution: Andes, South America

7

Bar-headed goose

Bar-headed goose
Altitude: 6,437m

Distribution: Central and South Asia

8

Mallard

Mallard
Altitude: 6,400m

Distribution: Europe, Asia and North America

9

Bar-tailed godwit

Bar-tailed godwit
Altitude: 6,000m

Distribution: Northern Europe, northern Asia and Alaska

10

White stork

White stork
Altitude: 4,800m

Distribution: Europe, North Africa and western Asia


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