Natural History

Peregrine Falcon

posted: 05/23/13
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Peregrine Falcon | Photo Caption: Excerpted from North America: A World in One Continent by Huw Cordey

Peregrine falcons are the fastest creature on the planet, reaching speeds close to two hundred miles per hour (322 kph). They typically attack at dawn or dusk and capture their prey with their sharp talons in mid-air, sweeping before the other bird even knows what's happening.

Although the peregrine falcon is North America's most extreme aerial predator, they are extremely vulnerable as chicks. For this reason, the mother falcon is constantly on the alert, fierce and protective in her efforts to safeguard her chicks, whether a nearby animal is an actual threat or not.

The peregrine falcon mates for life.

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