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Peregrine Falcon

ID Info
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Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
  • ORDER: Falconiformes
  • FAMILY: Falconidae

Basic Description

Powerful and fast-flying, the Peregrine Falcon hunts medium-sized birds, dropping down on them from high above in a spectacular stoop. They were virtually eradicated from eastern North America by pesticide poisoning in the middle 20th century. After significant recovery efforts, Peregrine Falcons have made an incredible rebound and are now regularly seen in many large cities and coastal areas.

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Other Names

  • Halcón Peregrino (Spanish)
  • Faucon pèlerin (French)
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