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Peregrine Falcon

(Falco peregrinus)
Alternate name(s): "Black-cheeked Falcon", "Peregrine"; misnomer: "Duck Hawk"
German name(s): "Wanderfalke"

Size: 35-50 cm; wing span 85-100 cm
Weight: 425-750 g (male), 910-1500 g (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Peregrine Falcon at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "peregrinus"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-dorsal view of a Peregrine Falcon perched on a power pole (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2018]



Sequence of photos showing a Peregrine Falcon, seen in difficult light conditions, carrying away its prey
(photos courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2018]

Race "macropus"

We have taken photos of Peregrine Falcons, race "macropus", in Australia.

Food, Diet

All raptors are carnivores. Peregrine Falcons prey on smaller birds, up to the size of pigeons or ducks, which they take in flight.

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