1. The peregrine falcon is a raptor, otherwise know as a bird of prey
2. Their name comes from the Latin word peregrinus, which means "to wander."
3. Once listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, the peregrine falcon was delisted in 1999.
4. These falcons are formidable hunters that prey on other birds (and bats) in mid-flight.
5. Peregrine falcons prefer wide-open spaces and thrive near coasts where shore birds are common. However, they can be found almost anywhere including deserts and even The Brewery shopping centre tower.
6. Peregrine Falcons have incredible homing instincts that lead them back to favoured areas. In fact, some nesting sites have been in use for hundreds of years, occupied by generations of falcons.
7. Their eyes are larger and heavier than human eyes and they can spot prey on the ground from a great height of 300m.
8. The Peregrine’s courtship involves the male passing food to the female, often when in flight. To make this manoeuvre possible, the female will roll over when flying to take the offered food from his talons.
9. Peregrine falcon chicks mature very quickly. They have tremendous appetites and double their weight in just around 6 days.
10. During the Second World War peregrine falcons were deliberately shot down to stop them catching carrier pigeons, which were delivering messages.
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