At 37,000 feet, the griffon vulture is on record as reaching the highest altitude in the bird kingdom. You’d think the thinning air would cause problems.
The common crane can hit over 30,000 feet and has flown across the Himalayas. Also known as the Eurasian crane, the bird’s seen in Northern parts of Asia and Europe. Considered a medium-sized bird, the crane’s wingspan is between six and eight feet.
The bar-headed goose can ascend to 29,000 feet, high enough to sail over Mount Everest. Native to Central Asia, the bird perfectly adapts to high Himalayan peaks where air pressure drops dynamically low.
Like many migrating birds, the whooping swan will move in a ‘V’ formation made up of thousands of animals. Usually, they stick to an altitude of about 8,000 feet while they migrate. But records show they’ve attained up to 27,000 feet above sea levels.