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Scientific Name: Falco peregrinus

Habitat: rock cliffs, tundra, savanna, prairies

Diet: birds, small mammals, reptiles

Life span: 20 years

Young: 2-4 eggs/clutch

Size: 750-1200 g (1.5-2.8 lbs)

Peregrines are the world's fastest animals, reaching speeds of 360km/h in their downward swoop when hunting.

Peregrines are successfully being reintroduced back into the wild. They were on the brink of extinction from overuse of chemical pesticides in the 1950s-1970s.

Learn more about this species:

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

Peregrine falcon on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Worldwide, except rainforests and some Arctic regions

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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