Species group: Birds of Prey
Other common names: Duck Hawk, Tundra Falcon F. p. tundrius, Peale's Falcon F. p. pealei
Scientific name: Falco peregrinus
The Peregrine Falcon is perhaps the ultimate symbol of speed and grace on the wing, and it's probably the species most people think of when they hear the word “falcon.” Agile, accurate, fast, and intelligent, this falcon has a long and honored history in falconry.
The aerodynamic Peregrine Falcon is a high performance bird. Just as a Porsche would not be recommended for a driver's first card, a Peregrine is not recommended for a falconer's first bird. Because of the licensing and expertise required to be a responsible owner of a bird of prey, the following information is offered only as a hint of what you will need to learn to work with them. There is no substitute for hands-on training, which we strongly recommend that you pursue before trying to acquire any bird of prey.
One of the world's most widespread birds, Peregrines are found on every continent except Antarctica, as well as many islands as different as Madagascar is from Bonaire. This fast, agile predator can stoop at high speed to catch flying birds on the wing. It has been clocked at 200 kilometers per hour (and some claims are considerably higher), making it possible for it to hit its prey hard enough to stun or even kill on impact. There are at least 16 subspecies and perhaps more. The three North American subspecies were almost wiped out in the mid 20th century, as a result of widespread use of DDT. The species was restored with the help of captive breeders.
A species that nests on cliffs, Peregrine Falcons that are left in peace will readily accept skyscrapers, water towers, or other manmade sites near human activity, where they may be seen doing their part to control local feral pigeon populations.
Peregrine Falcons are very long-winged, with an instantly recognizable face thanks to the broad “moustache” marks. Females can be substantially larger than males. The sizes given here are from a study of the Tundra Peregrine subspecies. Others are even larger.
Male: 580 grams (20.5 oz)
Female: 817 grams (29 oz.)
Male: 39 centimeters (15 in.)
Female: 44 centimeters (17 in.)
15 - 19 years
Behavior / temperament:
Peregrine Falcons are highly regarded for their talent at “waiting on” -- meaning they can learn to go high and hold their position while waiting for the quarry to be flushed. You will most likely need to be working with a good dog to flush the game, so you can see that you need multiple skills to use this particular talent.
A good Peregrine Falcon pen, aviary, or mews will provide shade from direct sunlight in the summer, protection from extremes of winter weather, and good security to lock out thieves. A roof that completely covers the structure is stronger and offers more protection from high winds. Don't shortchange them on space just because they're smaller than the buteos, since their long wings mean they really need space to stretch out. Like most birds of prey, they will enjoy some clean, shallow water for bathing.
The Peregrine Falcon is a carnivore that needs to consume some whole prey in order to allow its digestive system to work properly. They are bird predators, and a diet high in bird items like day old chicks, quail, and pigeon is commonly offered. They should also be provided with water.
Written by Elaine Radford
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Perry the Peregrin
Perry came to stay with us for a few months along with his owner. They were guests in our home as they travelled about the United States, which apparently led to some interesting challenges for a nomadic Falconer and her ward. Unlike most of the pets I've known, you had to be particularly careful with the Falcon, they're raptors, predatory birds, and not for one moment do they forget that.
This isn't to say that they couldn't be friendly and adorable, Perry took great joy in nipping playfully at his owners earlobes if he was unhooded, and felt he wasn't getting enough attention. Mostly attention meant 'food' in Perry's parlayance, but it was much the same thing. One thing that stood out to me when Perry was taken out for hunting exercises was how majestic his owner looked with that beast standing on her arm.
Falcons aren't a pet for those who don't have the training and knowledge necessary to handle them, but they can make great hunters and partners for those who live a little bit wilder form of life. But respecting the animal you have on your arm is of paramount importance, and knowing that if you don't take care, those talons and beak are capable of great harm..
From Brandon Mar 26 2014 10:03PM
Peregrine Falcon Ares
The Peregrine Falcon is an ultimate killing machine. It's natures TOP GUN. The fastest animal in the world. The hunting technik is is unique. The dive in the free fall called "the stoop". At this point they reach speed up to 250 mph. The love to pull G forces. The human body is limited to 9 Gs but the Peregrine can get u to 24 Gs! Pretty amazing. They are for professional falconers. They fly very high and the training is different fir these birds. You need to be a very good falconer do work with them. For the juvenile bird you need a lot of equipment. It's hard to bring the bird high up in the sky. Falconers use big balloons to get the bird high above the ground. Why balloons? They set the lure under the balloon 5 meters and then the balloon is rising to the right place (usually 1000 meters above the ground). The also use kites but the training process is the same as with the balloon. The goal is to get the Peregrine to the lure. They are hungry and the food is on the lure 1000 meters above the ground. With every day of training the bird will fly higher and higher. The hunting training is after the training with balloons or kites. Every time you let the bird fly she will fly up in the sky even if there is no lure or balloons BUT at this point you will release the prey and then comes the stoop. She will fly very fast to catch the prey. The Peregrine Falcon is a ultimate killer but he can catch only 2/10 flights. A really good bird but not for beginners..
From velid_falconer Feb 21 2014 7:08PM