160 kilometers per hour, surpassing the mark in force, the more than 100 per hour that reaches the common swift, is the highest speed developed in vertical flight in an animal, and that record a species that until now had not been studied in that sense, specifically the bat tailless from Brazil (Tadarida brasiliensis). A tiny Brazilian bat of just 14 grams
This is what a study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell suggests. Data on the flight speeds of the bats were collected using a radio transmitter that weighed only half a gram, they were fixed on their backs with an adhesive and fell off after two to five days.
The aerodynamic shape of the body and the wings longer than average compared to other species of bats allow them to reach such great speeds.
Animals with long and narrow wings tend to fly faster than those with shorter and wider wings. According to Kamran Safi, of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology:
Initially, we could not believe our data, but they were correct: sometimes, females, weighing between 11 and 12 grams, flew at speeds of more than 160 kilometers per hour, a new record for horizontal flight.