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Peregrine Falcon
(Falco peregrinus)
walrus
Description
These falcons are a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. They have a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head and "moustache". They have white faces with a black stripe on each cheek and large, dark eyes. Their cere (the fleshy or waxlike membrane at the base of the upper beak) are yellow, as are the feet The beak and claws are black. They are renowned for their speed, which can reach over 322 km/h (200 mph) during the characteristic hunting stoop.
Dimensions
They have a body length of 13 to 23 inches and a wingspan from 29 to 47 inches. Males weigh from 0.93 to 1.7 lb, and the noticeably larger females weigh 2.0 to 3.3 lb.
Diet
They prey almost exclusively on birds, but they also eat small reptiles and mammals like bats.
Habitat & Range
Peregrine falcons refer open habitats, such as grasslands, tundra, and meadows. They have recently begun to colonize urban areas. They can be found in Florida, Southwest, California, New England, Western Canada, Alaska, Great Lakes, Southeast, Rocky Mountains, Northwest, Eastern Canada, Texas, Plains and Mid-Atlantic.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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