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Old 15-06-09, 04:39 PM
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Heaviest bird in britain? Smallest bird in britain? Fastest bird in britain? Highest flier? Fastest runner? longest migration? longest life? largest egg? smallest egg? most abundant breeding bird? most widespread breeding bird.?...........Just for fun..........!
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Old 15-06-09, 10:06 PM
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Heaviest = Great Bustard (40lb +)
Fastest = Peregrine
Smallest = Goldcrest
Fastest runner = Road Runner

Working on the rest...............think I may have found the same website as you

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Heaviest = Great Bustard (40lb +)
Fastest = Peregrine
Smallest = Goldcrest
Fastest runner = Road Runner

Working on the rest...............think I may have found the same website as you

Alan
Is this meant to be all UK bird statistics?
Should realy be Mute Swan for heaviest as Great Bustards don't have a self sustaining population in uk.
Fastest flyer is Peregrine for top speed but for sustained speed it's the Common Eider.
Are Road Runners British Birds
Fastest running UK bird, haven't a clue, Pheasant maybe ? (see I don't know everything )
Smallest UK bird is Goldcrest.
Longest migration is Arctic Tern.
Longest life of UK birds is Fulmar.
Smallest British Bird egg is Firecrest.
Largest British Bird egg is Mute Swan.
Highest flying British Bird is Whooper Swan.
Most abundant UK bird is Chaffinch.
Most widespread UK bird is Wren.

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I can't even get the question right I'm sure we had a Road Runner in Stanley Park - could you imagine posting that one up for ID help

John, I found on the web one of these trivia sites that says the Teal, over short distances, is the fastest running, but it doesn't say how/why - any thoughts?

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Old 16-06-09, 11:57 AM
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Ha, I saw that too and can only assume its a mistake. Everybody knows ducks waddle, there is no way one would be the fastest, even over a tiny distance.

Obviously got his trivia mixed up, what with the Teal being the smallest duck.

Since a Pheasant isn't native, I wonder what the fastest running native British bird is? Any suggestions?
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I can't even get the question right I'm sure we had a Road Runner in Stanley Park - could you imagine posting that one up for ID help

John, I found on the web one of these trivia sites that says the Teal, over short distances, is the fastest running, but it doesn't say how/why - any thoughts?

Alan
Hi Alan,

After I replied to the quiz I had a look, I found Teal down as the fastest runner over short distances too. I don't know how that could be possible but will look in to it and try and find out how they worked that one out.

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Smile Teal is the Fastest Running Bird

I find that a bit unlikely. I'd expect the fastest running bird to have long legs and be predominantly a ground bird.

I was thinking Moorhen for long legs but thought it may be more used to swimming.

Will you be using local Teal for your tests John?
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Old 16-06-09, 04:22 PM
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Firstly i got these stats out of a rspb book...!so if you disagree ring them up......dont give it me in the neck! Heaviest...mute swan.! , smallest ...goldcrest/firecrest equally small , fastest...peregrine , highest flier... whooper swan , fastest runner..pheasant , longest migration... arctic tern , longest life manx shearwater , largest egg ...muteswan , smallest egg..goldcrest ,most abundant breeding bird ....wren ,most widespread breeding bird..skylark.........!
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After checking it out a Manx Shearwater was 2 years older that the Fulmar I had in mind which was 50
Firecrest eggs are on average 0.1 mm smaller than Goldcrest
The latest information from the BTO has the Wren as most widespread breeding bird.
when was the book you got the info from printed?

it certainly got the old brain cells doin a workout

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The stats are from the AA rspb "The complete book of british birds"1994............!

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