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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Galconidae
Genus:Falco
Genus species:Falco peregrinus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:38 cm
Identification:The peregrine falcon has a black cap, gray upperparts, and a pale throat and breast. Its belly and underwings are barred, the wings are tapered, and the tail is slim.
Habitat:Varied; primarily mountains and sea cliffs
Diet:Carnivore: birds
Reproduction:Peregrine falcons have one brood each season. They build their nests on ledges, the ground, or buildings. Three to four eggs are incubated for 29-32 days. The chicks fledge by 42 days of age.
Behavior:Peregrines hunt with a high speed vertical dive, either killing the prey outright with their talons or capturing it to feed.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:These birds are highly prized in falconry because of their great precision when flying.

Other Information

Geographic:Nearly worldwide Date:1958-1988 Subjects:hawk-like bird
Peregrine falcon
Falco
Falcons
Falconidae
Falconiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals