Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) - Special Concern
The Peregrine Falcon is a crow-sized bird with a slate blue back and a cream-coloured chest covered in dark markings. Peregrine Falcons have pointed wings that span about one metre, a narrow tail and adults have a prominent black “moustache.” The dark feathers on the falcon’s head make the bird look like it’s wearing a helmet. Another distinguishing feature of this falcon is its bright yellow feet and legs.
Canadian population: 250-1000 mature individuals
Threats to this Species: Habitat loss and destruction, disturbance and persecution by people, and environmental contaminants.
Fun Fact: Peregrine falcons are the fastest diving birds. They can top 200 miles an hour while diving for prey.
Want to learn more about local bird species? Visit Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory's website for more info!
Want to learn more about birds across Canada? Visit the Birds Canada website for more info!
Species descriptions are from the Species at Risk in Ontario website.
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