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  Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)





Peregrine Falcon | Falco peregrinus photo
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus macropus) Kobble Creek, SE Queensland, Australia

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PEREGRINE FALCON FACTS

Description
The Peregrine Falcon is a well-known bird of prey. It is slate-blue above with dark mottling, and creamy buff below with fine black bars. The upper chest is whitish with no dark bars. The top of the head and cheeks is very dark.. The bill is grey with black tip. There is yellow skin around eye and base of beak. Immatures are dark brown above, with creamy brown underside with black streaks on breast.

Size
36-50cm, wingspan 90cm

Habitat
found in many habitats including rainforests, woodland, farmland, arid areas, coast, alpine areas, cities

Food
small birds, small mammals, some insects. Swoops on prey from above using its hooked talons to grab it.

Breeding
It does not build a nest. Lays 2-4 eggs on ledge of cliff face, tree hollow, or abandoned nest of other birds

Range
found across Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Falconidae
Genus:Falco
Species:peregrinus
Common Name:Peregrine Falcon

Relatives in same Genus
  Brown Falcon (F. berigora)
  Nankeen Kestrel (F. cenchroides)
  Australian Hobby (F. longipennis)
  Black Falcon (F. subniger)