Peregrine Falcon

Falco Peregrinus are birds of prey that can boosts to speeds of 200mph. They are found almost everywhere around the globe excluding Polar Regions, tropical rainforests, and very high mountains for their breeding ranges span from the Arctic Tundra in the Northern Hemisphere to the Torrid Zone. According to Raptors of the World, the Peregrine is one of the most widely found bird species second to the Rock Pigeon, and is the most widespread raptor. It is a crow-sized falcon with a black colored head and face, white under parts, and a blue-gray back with females bearing a larger frame than males. It feeds on small and medium sized birds such as waterfowls, doves, hummingbirds, pigeons, waders, and songbirds, and many more including smaller falcons like the American Kestrel. The Peregrine hunts night and day where its victims also include other mammals and species including bats, rats, hares, shrews, squirrels, and voles. The Peregrine Falcon was an endangered species from the 50s through the 70s due to the wrongdoing of pretty much its only predator, mankind, by spraying the agricultural insecticide DDT. The restoring efforts and the worldwide ban of the pesticide have brought Peregrine Falcon back on the map to where it is today.

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