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Peregrine Falcon

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

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No photos from Oman available yet. 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_me_20230815.mp3 macropus
Hunting call (female with prey) © ME
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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