10 Things You Didn't Know About Peregrine Falcons (plus a live link to the nest)

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HERE ARE 10 THINGS THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT PEREGRINE FALCONS, LIKE THE ONES CURRENTLY NESTING ON THE RHODES TOWER:

 

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1. Their name comes from the Latin word peregrinus, which means "to wander." It's scientific name is scientific name is Falco Peregrinus. They are commonly referred to as the Duck Hawk. (Defenders of Wildlife/Reptor Resources)

 

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2. Peregrine falcons are among the world's most common birds of prey and live on all continents except Antarctica. (National Geographic)

 

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3. They are the fastest-flying birds in the world – they are able to dive at 200 miles per hour.(Defenders of Wildlife)

 

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4. Falcons that nest on Arctic tundra and winter in South America fly as many as 15,500 miles in a year. Yet, they have an incredible homing instinct that leads them back to favored aeries. (National Geographic)

 

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5. There are an estimated 1,650 breeding pairs in the United States and Canada. (Defenders of Wildlife)

 

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6. Peregrine Falcon chicks, called eyases, eat an incredible amount of food - in six days, they double their weight, and at three weeks are ten times their size at birth (Defenders of Wildlife)
 

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7. Both the male and female incubate the eggs for about one month. The chicks start to fly in about 42 days, but are still dependent on their parents to learn how to hunt. (Raptor Resources)

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8. Peregrine falcons eat other birds such as songbirds and ducks, as well as bats. (Defenders of Wildlife)

 

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9. The falcon’s prey is struck in one wing so the falcon does not injure itself. It then captures the prey in mid-air; the Peregrine Falcon strikes its prey with a clenched foot, stunning or killing it with the impact. If its prey is too heavy to carry, a Peregrine will drop it to the ground and eat it there. (WithMe Photography)

 

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10. Although they have a high mortality rate, Peregrines have been known to live as long as 15 years (Raptor Resources)
 

A mother peregrine falcon has laid her first eggs of the year on Thursday, March 19.  It’s the same bird that had hatchlings for the past two years on a ledge on the 41st floor of Rhodes Tower.

View live video of the eggs and ledge

 

 

 

LINKS

http://www.defenders.org/peregrine-falcon/basic-facts

 http://www.raptorresource.org/facts.htm

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/peregrine-falcon/

http://www.withmephotographyblog.com/14-interesting-facts-about-the-peregrine-falcon