peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 15 inches Wingspan: 40 inches
Long, pointed wings extend to tail tip at rest
Short, dark, hooked beak
Black cap and moustache
Pale throat and breast
Underwings barred black and white
Long, thin tail with gray and white bands
Arctic race is paler; Northwest race is darker
Dark brown cap and moustache
Dark brown upperparts
Some races have paler heads
The long, pointed wings and long tail mark this bird as being a falcon. It is
most likely to be confused with other falcons. Merlin is much smaller, has a
less-distinct mustache mark, and a more strongly barred tail. Prairie falcon
has a black underwing patch and lacks the strong moustache mark. Gyr-
falcon is larger with broader wings and tail and lacks the bold moustache
mark. When perched, other falcons' wings do not reach the end of the tail
as they do in the peregrine.
Migration Status:Neotropical migrant
Length of Incubation: 29-32 days
Days to Fledge:35-42
Number of Broods:1
Diet: Almost exclusively birds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley