15 Flying Animals and Their Characteristics

Anthony Golden
15 Flying Animals and Their Characteristics

Some of the more interesting flying animals They are the hawk, the condor of the Andes, the bald eagle, the bee, the beetle, the flying fox, the bat, the hawk, the hummingbird and the woodpecker.

For millions of years, animals have evolved in different ways, in different ways. Little by little, a certain group of animals began to develop wings, which favored a group of animals, giving them the opportunity to fly..

Bald eagle flying

This ability increased the life expectancy of many animals, which gave their offspring the ability to fly..

The most interesting flying animals

Many people confuse animals that can glide with those that can fly. Flying animals use their wings to soar through the skies, while those that can glide simply use the downwind to stay in the air, without the need to rise..

Within the following list, all, except for one with very interesting characteristics, are flying animals.


Clarinero (Quiscalus mexicanus). Source: Sahid Martín Robles Bello / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

The clarinero, also recognized as the Mexican carrot, is a bird found in the American continent.

This bird is usually called a raven, despite not being related to crows. This happens due to its bluish-black body, similar to crows..

Cheje woodpecker

Cheje woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons). Source: www.naturespicsonline.com / Copyrighted free use

This is a type of American bird, which can be found in the Andean regions, the United States, Mexico and Guatemala.

This bird pecks at the wood of the tree, digging its nest inside. Because of this, the species was constantly hunted by man in the 20th century, as it used to peck at electric poles..


White-winged vampire bat (Diaemus youngi). Fountain:
The original uploader was Gcarter2 at English Wikipedia. / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)

The bat is the only mammal that can fly on its own. There are many species of bat, however, we used to call them all bats.

This ability makes the bat one of the most impressive species in the animal world..

Black-throated hummingbird

Male barbinegro hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) Source: user Mdf / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

This hummingbird gets its name because it has a bluish-black coloration on the extension of its neck and head..

This hummingbird can be seen both in natural and urban areas, as long as there are trees and flowers around.

The life span of the Barbinegrove hummingbird goes through several phases: migration and mating, nesting, incubation and feeding of chicks, and rearing..

Flying fish

Flying fish (Cheilopogon melanurus). Source: Patrick Coin (Patrick Coin) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)]
Despite being the only flightless animal on this list, the flying fish has an impressive gliding ability that sets it apart from the rest of the gliders..

The flying fish that has the record for having the most time in the air, has glided for 46 seconds in a row.

Once it approaches the water, it uses its tail and the friction of the water to propel itself again and continue to glide. This is what makes it one of the most interesting gliders.

Creeping hawk

Pale harrier (Circus cyaneus). Source: Government of the Isle of Man / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

The creeping hawk, harrier or creeping hawk, is a species of hawk very different from the rest.

This harrier has a brown plumage, feeds on small rodents, small birds and mammals, and can be found almost throughout northern Europe and Asia..


Elanio earwig (Elanoides forficatus). Source: Joe Nicholson, Nature photographer, Bugwood.org / CC BY 3.0 US (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/deed.en)

The earwig hawk, also known as the earwig hawk, earwig elanium or earwig hawk, is a species of bird that can be found throughout most of the Americas..

They migrate from North America in winter and spend this season in South America.

Bald eagle

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Source: pixabay.com.

The bald eagle is perhaps the most recognized eagle in the world, because it is the national animal of the United States.

It receives its name because it has black plumage throughout almost the entire length of its body, except for the head, which is white, giving the impression of being a bald eagle..

Condor of the Andes

Andean condor (Vultur gryphus). Source: www.pixabay.com)

The condor of Los Andes is another of the most important bird species in the world.

It has one of the largest wingspan compared to all birds and can be found throughout the entire extension of the Andes mountain range..

Monera eagle

Monera Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi). Source: scorpious18 on Flickr / CC BY

This is one of the largest tropical eagle species today. It has a white chest, with wings of grayish brown plumage.

It is currently in serious danger of extinction. It receives its name because it feeds on monkeys, as well as some snakes, primates or other smaller birds.


Bee (Anthophila). Source: Pixabay.com

Yellow insect with black stripes that uses its wings for pollination from flower to flower, as well as to extract nectar.


Winged specimen of Formica neogagates. Source: Beatriz Moisset / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

It is a winged ant that appears after the first autumn rains. Its function is reproductive, but the rest of the worker ants are sterile. They can be male or female.


Eagle owl (Bubo bubo). Source: Photograph: Softeis / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

One of the most recognizable and legendary birds for humans. Of nocturnal habits, they fly very silently to hunt.


Fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Taken and edited from: Sanjay Acharya [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]
One of the most widespread insects in the world, including spaces inhabited by humans. They emit a distinctive buzzing noise and, although generally harmless, can transmit disease.

Flying deer

Male flying deer (Lucanus cervus). Source: George Chernilevsky / Public domain

The largest beetle in Europe can fly thanks to the wings it incorporates into its shell. They are used by the male to fly and look for females to mate with.


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