Peregrine Falcon Photo Gallery
Tend to nest in high areas. Many "bird-cams" online. The world peregrine fund has great one.
What does the Peregrine Falcon look like?
There are 19 subspecies of Peregrine Falcons worldwide that vary considerably. Peregrines like all falcons have a short tail and are slender with long tapered wings. In North America they are about the same size of the common crow. Adults have blue gray wings, pale under carriages and black bars on their backs. Their faces are white with black stripes and have huge dark eyes. Juveniles tend to be darker in color with a streaked under carriage.
Peregrine Falcon Habitat
Peregrine Falcon Facts
Female Peregrines are slightly larger than males. The monogamous falcons often mate for several breeding seasons in the same nest. Once a pair is formed the birds seemingly flirt with each other. Peeping, toe nibbling and softly grabbing of it's mates bill in its own. Young falcons typically learn to fly 30-40 days after hatching. Females reach breeding age around three and often breed before males. They lay an average of 3 eggs a breeding season. With extremely keen vision Peregrines often hunt in pairs and prey nearly exclusively on other birds. Peregrines are famous for their incredible speed, capable of reaching speeds well over 200 mph. The pesticide DDT devastated populations in the 20th century. Banning use and reintroduction programs have been highly successful in helping falcon numbers recover.