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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Falconidae
Genus:Falco
Genus species:Falco mexicanus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:40 cm
Identification:The prairie falcon has a dark brown cap and cheeks, a pale patch behind the eyes, a brown back and tail, and white underparts with dark bars and spots. This falcon also has a thin, dark 'moustache' under its bill.
Habitat:Treeless grasslands
Diet:Carnivore: birds, small mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians
Reproduction:The period during which prairie falcons breed can greatly vary. Four to five eggs are laid each season. Incubation lasts 29-33 days. The chicks are fledged by 42 days of age. These birds have been recorded to live as long as 20 years.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:As a top predator, prairie falcons can be greatly affected by disturbances within their home ranges, such as breeding habitat loss, prey habitat changes, pesticides, and human disturbances. They are hunted by great horned owls, coyotes, badgers, bobcats, and golden eagles.

Other Information

Geographic:Central North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:raptor
Prairie falcon
hawk-like bird
Falco
Falcons
Falconidae
Falconiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals