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About the Peregrine Falcon

Also known as: Duck Hawk

The Peregrine Falcon, formerly known in North America sometimes as the Duck Hawk, is a medium-sized falcon about the size of a large crow.

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest creature on the planet in its hunting dive, the stoop, in which it soars to a great height, then dives steeply at speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h) into either wing of its prey, so as not to harm itself on impact. The top speed recorded is 242.3 mph (390 km/h). The fledglings practice the roll and the pumping of the wings before they master the actual stoop.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 August 2007
Scientific Name Falco peregrinus
  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Falco
  • F. peregrinus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 March 2015)
Units: Imperial Metric
15 to 21 inches
40 inches
Range North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East) West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia Arctic Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Falcão-peregrino (Brazilian)
  • 游隼 (Chinese)
  • Sokol Stěhovavý (Czech)
  • Vandrefalk (Danish)
  • Slechtvalk (Dutch)
  • Muuttohaukka (Finnish)
  • Faucon Pèlerin (French)
  • Wanderfalke-peregrinus (German)
  • Pellegrino (Italian)
  • ハヤブサ (Hayabusa) (Japanese)
  • 송골매 (Songgolmae) (Korean)
  • Vandrefalk (Norwegian)
  • Sokół Wędrowny (Polish)
  • Сапсан (Russian)
  • Halcón Peregrino (Spanish)
  • Pilgrimsfalk (Swedish)

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