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Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

Peregrine falcons are renowned for their speed. In its characteristic-hunting dive, it has been known to reach speeds of up to 242 miles per hour, earning it the distinction of being the fastest member of the animal kingdom.

Peregrine falcons form strong pair bonds. They stay paired indefinitely, though re-pairings do occur occasionally. They nest on cliffs and have been known to nest on the sides of city buildings. Peregrine Falcon hatchlings eat an absurd amount of food. In just six days, they double their weight, and in three weeks they are ten times their original birth size.

Peregrine falcons have streamlined bodies with long, pointed wings. Females are larger than males, as seen in other birds of prey species. They have slate-coloured, barred plumage and creamy white chests. Their sharp beak is pale blue and their feet are bright yellow. They have a distinctive black line under their eyes that helps them deflect sunlight. Their keen eyesight allows them to spot prey easily, and strong talons enable them to grab prey out of the air.

Peregrine Falcon

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Conservation Status:

Least Concern


Every continent other than Antarctica


Mountain ranges, river valleys, coastal areas, cities


Medium sized birds (pidgeons, crows, ducks)





Incubation period:

33-35 days

Life Span:

15-20 yrs