Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

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Adult

Dark gray above with a blackish helmet and a yellow eyering and cere. Bill small and strongly hooked. Underparts pale whitish, with fine dark barring on the flanks.

Juvenile

Juveniles have buffy underparts that are densely streaked with dark brown. Note brown mask and whisker, and paler eyebrow imparting a distinctive face pattern.

Adult

Long, pointed wings. In flight shows strongly checkered whitish and black underwings and flanks.

Juvenile

Long, pointed wings. In flight juveniles show boldly checked brown and whitish underwings, dense brown streaking on the underparts, and fine barring in the flight feathers and tail.

Immature

Long, pointed wings. In flight immatures show boldly checked brown and whitish underwings, dense brown streaking on the underparts, and fine barring in the flight feathers and tail.

Adult

Upperparts are bluish-gray, with a blacker helmet contrasting with yellow eyering and cere.

Juvenile

Some juveniles are very pale, with extensive white in the face and few markings below.

Adult

Primarily hunts other birds, but will take a variety of prey.

Adult

Sometimes nests and roosts on tall buildings.

Adult

Sometimes nests and roosts on tall cliffs.

Recommended Citation

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/perfal