Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine Falcon is indigenous to all inhabited continents and many islands, and can tolerate wide variations in temperature, from desert to arctic.

Inland and coastal cliffs, moorland and mountain crags, wooded country, tall city buildings and even treeless tundra all suit the Peregrine Falcon. They feed almost exclusively on birds, but rarely mammals. Their prey is caught from a stoop and, like other falcons, Peregrines will smash into or rake their prey with specially adapted elongated toes.

It is thought the Peregrine is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 200mph – making it the fastest animal on the planet!

Scientific name
Falco peregrinus
Conservation status
Least concern
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