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Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus


As your eyes scan the skies for interesting birds, the peregrine falcon will be distinguished by its typical falcon silhouette - long, pointed wings and long thin tail - and by the dark feathers on its head and nape, which resemble a hood or helmet. A distinctive black wedge extends below the eye.


Peregrine falcons perch and nest up high on cliffs and man-made structures such as bridges, tall buildings and water towers. They are found across North America and are adapted to life in urban, suburban and rural areas. Peregrine falcons do not breed in Florida, but can be seen in the state each fall during seasonal migrations.


Peregrine falcons are the fastest birds in the world, reaching speeds over 200 miles an hour while diving for prey. They catch small to medium sized birds on the wing (catching them in mid-air). These birds mate for life and use the same breeding territory each year.

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