Distribution

pate under-

"f adult

Juvenile long,, tapering wings

node digging mound

Pale-iikeasted Form

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buck color varies in darkness

This ficrcc and very fast luinter catches birds in the air by flying high overhead and diving to take them by surprise. In the final stage of its dive (stoop), it is believed to attain speeds up to 250 mph (400 km/h). The falcon strikes its victim in passing with its feet, returning to catch the falling bird and carry it a\\a\

• NEST Typically a bare place on a rock ledge.

• DISTRIBUTION Breeds in all continents except Antarctica. Some winter migration.

• REMARKS Females are larger than males. This is the main species used in falconry. Breast varies from pale to orange among the many subspecies and color phases (see p. /.?) found within the wide distribution.

Orange-

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Species fi'a/fo peregrin us

Plumage Sexes lliffer s|iKhtly

Migration

Migrant

Family XIkqapodiidaf

Species l elp„a octllata

Plumage Scxcs a|jkc.

Migration N»n-migrant

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