Pictures of several species of Falcon including the Peregrine Falcon and the Dwarf Falcon. Also, general information about Falcons.
Species: There are about 37 different species of falcon.
Lifespan: Falcons can live to be up to 17 years old.
Size: The smallest falcon is 9-11 inches long and weighs about 4 ounces. The largest falcon is the Gyrfalcon, it is 19-24 inches long and weighs about 2-3 lbs.
Habitat: Antarctica is the only continent where Falcons do not live. Most Falcons prefer cliffs in temperate regions.
Family life: Falcons can be ready to have a family at as young as 2 years old. Falcons lay about 3-5 eggs. The male and female falcon take turns sitting ont he eggs to keep them warm and dry, otherwise the unhatched won't survive. The parents turn the eggs and guard them for 33 days until the eggs hatch. Newly hatched falcons are covered with white fuzz for the first 3-6 weeks until they ge ttheir feathers.
Diet: Falcons, depending on their size, eat other birds, rodents,and rabbits. The largest falcon can take down prey up to 100 lbs.
The Peregrine falcon is the fastest animal in the world and can reach speeds over 200 mph!!
Falcons are excellent hunters and can be trained by people to hunt for them