They are the fastest creatures in the animal kingdom, reaching speeds over 200 mph during their impressive hunting dives, called “stoops.” These birds of prey, or raptors, get their name from the Latin word meaning “to wander” or “foreigner.”
Historically known in North America as the Duck Hawk but today they are commonly known as the Peregrine Falcon.
These magnificent birds of prey are found on all continents except Antarctica, preferring habitats such as river valleys, mountain ranges, coastlines and even large cities.
Peregrine Falcons mostly eat other birds from small songbirds to pigeons to large geese. They hunt by flying very high then diving at incredible speeds to strike prey out of the air.
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