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Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus


Tomas Belka, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Peregrine Falcon is a very powerful falcon with a stocky build. It has a very distinctive broad black line at the side of its head, which looks like a moustache. In flight, it can be told apart by its broad, pointed wings and its short tail. It usually flies in level flight, but when it dives, it can reach great speeds. As with many other birds of prey, the female is larger than the male. It is the fastest bird in the world.

Length: 38 – 51 cm | Wingspan: 89 – 113 cm

Habitat: Coastal areas, mountains and forests

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Small and medium-sized birds

In Cyprus: Can be seen in areas with cliffs such as Akamas Peninsula, Chanoutaris Cliffs, Episkopi Cliffs and Pentadaktylos Mountains

Status: Resident breeder

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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