Their distinctive tail feathers are often found on the ground but even so, have you ever wondered about the Peregrine Falcon?

Hunting

The Peregrine falcon reaches up to 240 miles per hour while diving thus making them the fastest bird in the world! They dive to catch their prey, sometimes in mid-flight.

They are extremely calculating hunters. Their intelligence is remarkable as they study the flight patterns of their prey (doves, seagulls, pigeons) and adapt their flight as needed.

They are a bluish color enabling them to blend into the sky.

Peregrine Falcon in flight

Range

They are highly adaptable to any environment urban or wild. The Peregrine is the most widespread bird in the world and is found on every continent except Antarctica. They thrive near the sea and in the mountains making them the only bird of prey with the most range.

The name Peregrine comes from the Latin word “peregrinus” which means wanderer. So perhaps we have more in common with this falcon than we think.

Nesting

Females are larger than males thereupon allowing them to maintain more nutrients to lay eggs. These falcons don’t create nests like other birds of prey but rather they find depressions in the earth or small rock outcrops that are a safe and stable place to nest. Moreover, they also like to find nesting spots on cliffs or buildings for the vantage point they offer.

Fledglings (called eyasses) are born blind and without feathers and grow an inch per week until they are ready to fly.

Falconry

Peregrine falcons have been the chosen bird of prey to train with in falconry. A centuries-old hunting technique that pairs humans with birds of prey to hunt ducks and land mammals. They are highly territorial in their hunting areas ensuring high numbers of available prey.

Peregrine Falcon landing on a branch

More Peregrine Falcon Wonder Facts:

  • These falcons have a space in mythology.
  • Peregrine falcons mate for life.
  • They can see prey from almost 2 miles away.
  • Mice and other small mammals are also on their menu.
  • Additionally, they use sound to find prey.

To learn more visit learnbirdwatching.com/interesting-facts-about-peregrine-falcons

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