Holy Quack! Drake Mallard Sets New Flight Speed Record for Wildlife Research Lab
By angelamontana

Posted: April 17, 2024

Did you hear about the latest record-breaking duck flight for Cohen Wildlife Lab? According to the Cohen Wildlife Lab, a drake mallard recently zoomed through the sky at almost 100 miles per hour with a little help from a strong tailwind. This speedy bird kicked off its spring migration on March 14th, took a well-deserved 3-week break just outside of St. Louis, and then soared back into action on April 6th. Covering an impressive 1000 miles in just 29 hours, this duck made a pit stop in southern Minnesota for a full eight hours before zipping across the Canadian border at a whopping 99.3 mph!  This is the fastest speed they have recorded in any of their projects.

According to Ducks Unlimited, most waterfowl fly at speeds of 40 to 60 mph, with many species averaging roughly 50 mph.  Also, DU stated that the fastest duck ever recorded was a “red-breasted merganser that attained a top airspeed of 100 mph while being pursued by an airplane.”  So, technically, this particular mallard that Cohen Wildlife Lab recorded may not be the fastest duck ever recorded, but it is a record for their projects and not too far from first overall!

Now, that’s what we call flying in the fast lane!


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