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Peregrine Falcon

Range:

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

Habitat:

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.

Characteristics:

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.

Behavior:

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.

Reproduction:

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
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Range
Class: aves
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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