FASTEST RAPTOR IN THE WEST!
We’re off to meet the fastest raptor in the west- actually in all of the world! This falcon can reach unimaginable speeds! So let’s meet them before they fly off!
Peregrine Falcon Fun Facts:
- Peregrine falcons are found on every continent except Antarctica. They can be found in varying habitats including coasts, deserts and urban areas.
- They can grow up to 19 inches long with a 3 1/2 foot wingspan. They can up to 3 1/2 lbs.
- Peregrine falcons are carnivores. They eat other birds like pigeons and shorebirds.
- Peregrine falcons are known for their agile acrobatic flying skills. They can go in to steep dives called stoops to catch their prey.
- They can reach speeds of up to 200 mph. Their average speed is 23-34 mph.
- Some peregrine falcons migrate from the Arctic tundra all the way to South America, up to 15,500 miles in a year.
- Peregrine falcons nest up high on cliffs, towers and skyscrapers.
- You can even watch a peregrine falcons in their nest during season at The Peregrine Fund.
Peregrine falcons were severely threatened in the U.S. many years ago do to the DDT use and habitat loss. Like our friend the bald eagle, they are now listed as least concern after making a big come back!