Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

The Peregrine Falcon is a powerful, aggressive falcon well known for its agility and speed , its stoops can reach over 300 km per hour.  It has a wingspan of 81-106cm, body length of 36-50cm and weight is approximately 552 gram for a male and 823 gram for a female. Northern hemisphere birds are migratory, in Australia they are sedentary.

Adults:

Head- black crown and cheeks . Eye- brown, eye-ring bright yellow, cere- bright yellow. Chest and Belly- pale to buff chest with dark barring on belly. Wings upper- slaty blue/grey with black wing tips, under wings – pale with grey/brown barring.  Tail- pale with grey/brown barring. Feet- bright yellow.

Juveniles:

Darker and browner than adults, underparts beep buff. Cere and eye-ring pale blue to pale yellow, eyes brown, feet dull yellow

Status: Not globally or nationally threatened