Peregrine Falcon

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 August 2007
Scientific Name
Falco peregrinus
  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Falco
  • F. peregrinus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
15 to 21 inches
40 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Falcão-peregrino
Chinese (汉语) 游隼
Czech (Cesky) Sokol Stěhovavý
Danish (Dansk) Vandrefalk
Dutch (Nederlands) Slechtvalk
Finnish (Suomi) Muuttohaukka
French (Français) Faucon Pèlerin
German (Deutsch) Wanderfalke-peregrinus
Italian (Italiano) Pellegrino
Japanese (日本語) ハヤブサ (Hayabusa)
Korean (한국어) 송골매 (Songgolmae)
Norwegian (Norsk) Vandrefalk
Polish (Polski) Sokół Wędrowny
Russian (русский язык) Сапсан
Spanish (Español) Halcón Peregrino
Swedish (Svenska) Pilgrimsfalk
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