(Falco peregrines) Peregrine Falcons can fly as many as 15,500 miles per year. Peregrines hunt from above, and after sighting their prey, drop into a steep, swift dive that can top 200 miles an hour. They are the fastest bird on the face of the earth! What does the Peregrine Falcon eat? The Peregrine Falcon is a carnivore. Peregrines chiefly hunt birds such as starlings, pigeons, blackbirds, jays, shorebirds, and waterfowl, but will rarely take mammals, reptiles, or insects. Peregrines may use a variety of hunting techniques, but typically prey is captured in the air after a fast pursuit or a rapid dive to catch the prey. How long do they live? Up to 17 years in the wild How many peregrine falcons can be born at a time? Peregrines lay 3 - 4 eggs Where are they found? Peregrine falcons are among the world's most widely spread birds of prey and live on all continents except Antarctica.
- The Peregrine Falcon has a body length of 15 - 20 inches, a 3 1/2 foot wingspan, and weighs 1 1/4 - 2 3/4 pounds.
- They can fly as many as 15,500 miles per year.
- Once an endangered species in the United States, North American peregrine falcon populations have made a great comeback due to bans on usage of DDT and similar pesticides.
- Peregrines hunt from above, and after sighting their prey, drop into a steep, swift dive that can top 200 miles an hour. They are the fastest bird on the face of the earth!
- Peregrines are favored by falconers, and have been used in that sport for many centuries.