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
An Effective Cleaner
Enzymatic stain and odor cleaners are frequently used to remove the smell of canine or feline urine from carpets, upholstery, and other surfaces. However, they also work great at lifting away bird feces if you let your bird play free in your home. Many birds, such as large parrots, can be cage broke to only potty in the confines of their birdcage. However, others go whenever the urge hits. If a bird should defecate on your carpet or furniture, then an enzymatic stain and odor cleaner is perfect. Before you spray your upholstery or carpet with the cleaner, you should always do a little spot test to make sure that the color holds. Also, look at your furniture or rug's cleaning instructions because such sprays are often not safe to use on wool. .
From KimberlySharpe 53 days ago
It may Help the Bird Stop Plucking
Clomicalm (clomipramine) treats stress and agitation. Many animal behaviorists believe that some birds pluck their feathers due to stress. The plucking becomes a nervous habit that is difficult to break. The prescription medication may relax the bird enough that the habit ceases. Unfortunately, when the drug is discontinued, many birds again start plucking.
Always discuss the possible side effects of the medication with your veterinarian before administering it to your pet bird. .
From KimberlySharpe 53 days ago