across North America, year-round in western US and northern Mexico;
summer in Alaska and northern Canada; winter in eastern US. Worldwide,
found on all continents except Antartica.
Habitat: Open areas,
nesting at high altitudes on cliffs or skyscrapers
Nest: Simple scrape on
ground or ledge located at a range of altitudes from 25 – 1,300 ft
Eggs: 2-5, creamy to
brown blotched with brown, red or purple
Diet: Primarily birds
and occasionally bats
Trivia: This speedy
falcon was formerly known as the Duck Hawk, named for one of its most
common prey items.
The art of falconry (training birds of
prey) dates back centuries, and Peregrine Falcons figured prominently
in history as prized hunting birds.