7 Bird Species That Migrate the Longest Distances

By: Anushka Jha

Albatrosses, with their immense wingspans, undertake epic journeys across oceans, covering thousands of miles in search of food and nesting grounds.


 Arctic Terns, masters of migration, travel from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back, logging around 50,000 miles annually, the longest migration of any bird.

Arctic Terns

Bar-Tailed Godwits embark on non-stop flights of over 7,000 miles from Alaska to New Zealand, showcasing incredible endurance and navigation skills.

Bar-Tailed Godwits

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds cross the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight, spanning 500 miles, on their journey from North America to Central America.

 Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

Sandhill Cranes undertake a journey of over 3,000 miles, from their breeding grounds in Siberia and North America to wintering sites in the southern United States.

Sandhill Cranes

Swainson's Hawks migrate from the grasslands of North and South America to the pampas of Argentina, covering up to 14,000 miles round trip, facing various challenges.

Swainson's Hawks

Sooty Shearwaters travel incredible distances, circumnavigating the Pacific Ocean from breeding sites in New Zealand to feeding grounds in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sooty Shearwaters

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