Peregrine Falcon

Falco Peregrinus

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RANGE: Almost worldwide. Variations worldwide in plumage.

HABITAT: Cliffs coasts marsh occasionally mountains forests and towns..

SIZE: 43 cms.

DIET: Mainly other birds, especially pigeons.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Badly affected by pesticides poisons pet trade and egg collecting. Insect feeding birds are preyed upon and those birds have absorbed pesticides. They cannot distinguish racing pigeons from any other pigeon.

NOTES: Hunts by diving steeply and fast. The fastest living creature (land and air). Pigeons have a top speed of about 100 km/h which is about the same as Peregrine Falcons however the latter can reach speeds of 350 km/h when dramatically stooping (diving) onto prey from a great height. To achieve this they fold back their wings and practically free fall. The impact is so hard can knock out their prey and then catch it. Nests on cliff ledges.

Juvenile Jurassic Bridport Sands

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