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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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Race "peregrinus"


Sex unknown

Near-frontal view of a Peregrine Falcon on a coastal rock (photo courtesy of G. Normand)
[Pointe du Raz, Bretagne, France, August 2020]

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

Lateral/ventral view of a Peregrine Falcon in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo de Sao Vicente, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, November 2021]


Sequence of photos showing a juvenile 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.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

perfalc_20200531_3.m4a macropus
? © MD
perfalc_20211021_2.m4a macropus
? (+alarm calls of Australian Raven and Pied Butcherbird) © MD
perfalc_20200531_2.m4a macropus
? (+alarm calls of White-plumed Honeyeater) © MD
perfalc_20200531.m4a macropus
? (+alarm calls of Straw-necked Ibis, Magpie-lark & White-plumed Honeyeater) © MD

More Peregrine Falcon sound recordings are available at .

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