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Falcon

posted: 04/29/14
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Falcon
Robert Keenan/Veer

Allow me to introduce Myself:Falcon

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Open habitats on all continents except Antarctica (too cold for us)

What I Like to Eat: Insects, frogs, fish, bats and birds

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: During the 20th Century, we almost were obliterated into extinction from eastern North America due to pesticide poisoning. After carefully deliberate recovery efforts including breeding and bans on certain pesticides, the Peregrine Falcons have made a comeback and are seen in large numbers in metropolitan cities and on the coasts.

Who We Are: We are a bird of prey known for our top-gun like flying speed and our merciless way of hunting.

Our Best Feature: We proudly can say that we are the fastest bird known to man and will go out on a limb and say we are the fastest creatures on Earth. We are skilled fliers and are able to dive on quickly and kill our prey in full flight. This is called "stooping". We have a reputation for being ruthless creatures because of cunning way we hunt.

Size: Both male and female falcons can range anywhere from 14 to 19 inches long, but our impressive wingspans range from 39 to 43 inches long.

Fast and Furious: The Peregrine Falcon is one of the fastest and most skilled among us and can reach speeds up to 69 mph while chasing prey. Once we set our sights on dinner, these speeds can go up to 200 mph as we take a deep dive to drop in for the kill.

Predators: Unlike many of the animals featured in this series, we are the predators, and rarely the hunted. Man and wolves are still a threat to us, however.

Loners: We are not a species that roams in groups. We like to be alone. The only time we meet with other falcons is during mating season.

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