Small Animals

How high can birds fly?


Does it seem like birds can fly pretty high up in the air? Here are the facts on just how high they can go: On a day-to-day basis, most birds usually fly below 500 feet. Have you ever been in a tall skyscraper? Five hundred feet is about the height of the average 50-story building.

During migration, however, many birds choose to fly much higher than on a normal day, at anywhere between 5,000 and 30,000 feet. Most passenger airplanes fly at about 30,000 feet, so a migrating bird could be all the way as high up as that!


Flying HighIf you were a bird, what do you think would be some advantages of flying up higher versus flying down lower? Do you think it would be helpful to be higher up from trees and buildings? Or would it be better to avoid going really high up unless you needed to, in order to help save your energy??