Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

The Peregrine Falcon is an uncommon sighting in North Texas, but has been seen in all seasons. It can be found in open areas. There are a number of subspecies but most commonly anatum has been sighted with occasional tundrius seen in migration.

Species information:

Length: 16 – 20”
Wingspan: 42”
Weight: M 1.2 lb F 1.5 – 2 lb.

Plumage: Slate-colored head and back. Tail is dark gray with light gray bands. Chest is light tan with bars across. Head has large dark ‘helmet’ look.

Habitat: Open areas.

Flight: Strong, consistent wing beats. This bird flies fast and straight, looks very powerful. Pointed wings.

Vocalization: A loud, fast krek-krek-krek-krek.

Food: Duck and other medium-size game.

Nesting: Not normally found nesting in North Texas. Nests on cliff faces and ledges of tall buildings. They usually lay 3-4 eggs that are incubated for about 29 days. Young fledge in about 5 weeks but are dependant on parents for 2 more months.

Note: Peregrine Falcons have been clocked doing over 230 miles per hour when diving (known as a stoop) on their prey.