Peregrine Falcon

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Design

As with other birds of flight, the falcon is designed with hollow bones, a lightweight beak, and air sacs that connect to the airway. These design features along with its feathers and wing structure make it a capable flyer. The peregrine falcon may teach its young to hunt by dropping dead prey to its flying young who then must grasp it while in flight. This was not part of their behavior until after the Fall of man.

Features

  • The adult peregrine has bluish gray wings, a pale underbelly, and a black head.
  • Immature peregrine falcons tend to be darker and browner in color.

Fun Facts

  • The peregrine falcon may migrate distances greater than 15,500 miles (25,000 km).
  • Nests of these falcons have been seen on tall buildings even in cities. They prefer to place them at great heights, mostly on cliffs.
  • The peregrine falcon can reach speeds up to 200 mph (322 km/h) when diving after its prey.

Created Kind Members

Prairie falcon, American kestrel

CLASS: Aves (birds)

ORDER: Falconiformes (diurnal birds of prey)

FAMILY: Falconidae (falcons)

GENUS/SPECIES: Falco peregrinus

Size: Wingspan: between 3 and 4 ft (1–1.1 m)

Weight: Average 2 lbs (0.9 kg)

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Primarily smaller birds, but also small mammals and insects

Habitat: Found in open country near cliffs, on all continents except for Antarctica