Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon


Distributed throughout most of the world except the northern-most regions.


Lives in several different habitats including wooded regions, open plains and heathland, but prefers to live on stony hillsides and in mountain areas, particularly cliffs beside the sea.


Medium to large falcon with prominent black crown and moustache. Male grey-backed with well-barred paler underparts and barred tail. Much larger female generally dark grey-brown above, paler brown below and much more heavily barred than male with large drop-shaped spots on breast.


The peregrine falcon lives in pairs which hold a large hunting area and will defend this territory against other birds of prey. In its spectacularly swift and steep power dive, the peregrine falcon may reach speeds of 100 - 200 miles per hour! When overtaking a bird in mid air, the peregrine may strike its prey with a tremendous killing blow with clenched feet or snatch it up in its talons. Has a harsh chattering and whining call. Some northern peregrine falcons are migratory and will head towards less cold areas in the autumn.


Usually 3 - 5 eggs are laid. Each egg weighs approximately 1 1/2 ounces and is incubated for 28 - 30 days. After hatching, the young remain in the nest for 35 - 40 days. Young peregrine falcons do not begin breeding until the age of 3.

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Peregrine Falcon
Native Utah Animal
Class: birds
Genus: Falco
Species: peregrinus
Length: 15 - 20 inches; wingspan: 33 - 45 inches
Weight: 20 - 36 ounces.
Average Lifespan: 10
Wild Diet: Rodents and smaller birds. Occasionally insects such as beetles, dragonflies and butterflies. May also eat fish.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed

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