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Cool facts

The name “peregrine” means wanderer or traveler. The Peregrine Falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird. Some falcons may travel 15,500 miles in a year; that’s more than halfway around the world!

Sound

Alarm call is a loud series of harsh “kak, kak, kak.”
To listen to the songs of this species check out the ‘How to Identify’ section of its Focal Species page.

Habitat

Mountains, river valleys, and coastlines; cities.

Food

Mostly live birds.

Did you know?

  • The Peregrine Falcon can reach up to 200 miles per hour when it dives for prey, making it the fastest bird in the world.
  • The Peregrine Falcon was nearly exterminated from eastern North America by pesticide poisoning in the middle 20th century, but restoration efforts have made it a regular, if still uncommon sight in many large cities. To learn more about conservation efforts click here.