Average lifespan in the wild: Up to 17 years
Size: Body, 14 to 19 in (36 to 49 cm); Wingspan, 3.3 to 3.6 ft (1 to 1.1 m)
Weight: 18.8 to 56.5 oz (530 to 1,600 g)
Falcons are divisible into three or four groups. The first contains the kestrels, usually small and stocky falcons of mainly brown upperside color and sometimes sexually dimorphic; three African species that are generally grey in color stand apart from the typical members of this group. Kestrels feed chiefly on terrestrial vertebrates and invertebrates of appropriate size, such as rodents, reptiles, or insects.
What does a Falcon look like?
Adult falcons have thin tapered wings, which enable them to fly at high speed and to change direction rapidly. Fledgling falcons, in their first year of flying, have longer flight feathers which makes their configuration more like that of a general-purpose bird such as a broadwing. This is to make it easier for them to fly while learning the exceptional skills required to be effective hunters as adults.
Where do Falcons live?
Falcons live in most temperate regions of the planet. Falcons live in many places. Peregrine falcons for example, live often on cliff ledges, but in urban areas have been known to nest on skyscraper ledges and bridge supports. Falcons can live quite happily in both rural environments and city settings.
What does a Falcon eat?
Falcons will eat small birds, and rodents. when the falcon is young they will learn to hunt by going after dragonflies and other large bugs.
How fast is a Falcon?
Some species of falcon are barred forest falcon, Eleonora's falcon and the peregrine falcon. The peregrine falcon is one of the fastest birds in the world and can be found on every continent, except Antarctica. In this species females are 30 percent larger than the males. The peregrine falcon is a powerful flier and attacks its prey in a steep dive, during which it may reach a speed of 145 mph.
Are Falcons good hunters?
Falcons, as part of the group known as birds of prey, have acute eyesight, muscular legs and sharp bills. Most birds of prey hunt during the daytime, unlike owls.
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