Did you know….

… these five interesting facts about peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus)?

  1. Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth. One falcon who was trained to follow human skydivers reached a top speed of 389 km/ hr during a dive.
  2. They have the largest natural distribution of any bird – rivalled only by barn owls, ravens and osprey.
  3. While migrating, they can travel over 1000 km/ day.
  4. Most peregrines from Alberta overwinter in Venezuela and Brazil.
  5. In the 1970s, Alberta’s population of peregrines dropped to only one productive pair. As of 2015, that population has grown to more than 65 pairs!
Peregrine falcon James Dowling-Healey

Peregrine falcon, Photo Credit: James Dowling-Healey Licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/