Lots of predators are smart and scary and fearsome… but that doesn’t mean they have a really high kill rate. And of course, they probably shouldn’t - if they always scored, they might be so successful they’d wipe out their prey populations!
But on nature shows you hear various comments about how lions maybe succeed once in every 3 serious attempts (off the top of my head, I’m not sure that’s the actual number) giving them a 33% successful kill rate.
So do we have any idea which among the larger predators (vs. insects or microscopic 'predators" or even prey: baleen whales have a 100% kill rate! But is krill animal or plant? Anyway… I think you know what I’m after here) has the highest success rate per attempt? Is it a mammal, a bird, a reptile or a fish?
I’ll throw out a guess and say it’s some kind of predatory bird. Not because I have any information to lead me to that, it’s just that predatory birds strike me as particularly badass, all things considered: the preternatural sight and the whole flight/speed advantage.
Speaking of which, what is the fastest animal? I’d guess it’s a bird again, because of that whole flight/gravity advantage.
I saw a video that was made from a camera attached to some kind of forest-dwelling hawk’s head, and it was jaw-dropping to see the way that creature could navigate at high speed between tree trunks.
Anyway, this is me guessing - does anyone actually know which is The Baddest Ass of All?