How high can birds fly?

This is a video about high flying birds.

From BirdLife:

Today’s BirdLife Games event is High Jump


The high jump is an athletics event that has been contested since the Olympic Games of ancient Greece. The world record for any human is 2.45 meters, and was set by Javier Sotomayor of Cuba in 1993. Using a pole for assistance, humans can reach a height of over 6 meters. It’s a nice try, but birds can travel far higher!

Birds are amazing athletes – Can you spot which of the bird species below has been recorded flying at a height of 11,274 m?

A – Rueppell’s Vulture Gyps rueppellii

B – Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis

C – Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus

D – Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor

To find out the correct answer, simply email You’ll instantly receive a link to the answers page with loads of information about each species.

If you want to have the opportunity to win a copy of the Rare Birds Yearbook 2008, put your answer in the subject area – e.g. ANSWER A. Good luck!

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