Peregrine Falcon
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General description.

The Peregrine Falcon, a beautiful bird, is one of the fastest birds in the world. Peregrine Falcon can most often be found in open areas perching in such a way that it can see all around. That way, it can get a good view of the small birds on which it preys. When the Peregrine Falcon spots a bird, it dives after it, catching in the air. The Peregrine Falcon typically nests on cliff, but will also nest in trees and will return to the same nest site year after year. Some nests are even passed down from generation to generation. The Peregrine Falcon is listed as threatened Federally. Populations of the Peregrine Falcon have made some comeback since the 60s and 70s due to captive breeding and release programs and the regulation of the use of DDT.

Juvenile appearance.

Juvenile Peregrine Falcons do not have the yellow eye ring that the adults have. Their chests are darker than adults.

Flight pattern.

Direct with rapid wing beats.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

witchew, witchew, witchew and cack, cack, cack, cack

Population and distribution.

The Peregrine Falcon is common in the Northern part of the range and uncommon to rare in the South.

Nesting habits.

The Peregrine Falcon nests on cliffs or in trees and lays 2-6 cream eggs in April.
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