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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Peregrine Falcon and Harris Hawk

The Peregrine Falcon and Harris Hawk are two beautiful raptors (birds of prey) that I photographed recently. 

Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine Falcon (Falco Peregrinus) is the fastest animal on earth, reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour when they are diving for their prey.  They mainly eat other smaller birds.


Peregrine Falcon is often referred to as the "Duck Hawk" of North America


The female Peregrine is larger than the male.

Peregrine Falcon is a medium-sized raptor

It is also one of the most widespread birds in the world, living in a variety of habitats.  The only continent they have not been found on is Antarctica.   Their average life span is 15 years.   

Harris Hawk

The Harris Hawk (Parabuteo Unicinctus) is found in the southwestern portion of the United States, Mexico, Central and South America.  The females are larger than the males.

Harris Hawk is often called the "Wolf in the sky"

Their diet consists of rodents, birds, rabbits, and lizards.   These social birds prefer not to hunt alone, but in groups with other Harris Hawks, which often helps in capturing larger animals. 



Interestingly, they have a life span of only 10-12 years in the wild, but that doubles when they live in captivity.  


Harris Hawk


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