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How high can birds fly? What is the highest flying bird?

The highest-flying bird ever recorded was a Ruppell's griffon, a vulture with a wingspan of about 10 feet; on November 29, 1975, a Ruppell's griffon was sucked into a jet engine 37,900 feet above the Ivory Coast--more than a mile and a half higher than the summit of Mount Everest. The plane was damaged, though it landed safely.

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Mike Stewart

The Birdwatcher's Companion, C. Leahy, ed., a thorough but dated (1982) reference lists an airplane collision with a Ruppell's Griffon Vulture at 37,000 feet as the highest recorded. 21,000 feet by both a mallard and smaller land bird migrants were the North American records at that time. Altitude is deceptive, since a bird at an impressive 10,000 feet at sea level is flying "lower" than a bird a few hundred feet above the ground on high mountains.

J. Elliott

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