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Whoosh! A grey-and-white streak rushes past you, barely giving you any time to duck and cover! It’s a bird, it’s a plane – oh wait, it’s a bird, but not just any plain-old bird, it’s the Peregrine Falcon! (Not to be confused with the Millennium Falcon, the iconic spaceship from Star Wars.) The Peregrine Falcon (Also known as ‘Duck Hawk’) is one of the most wickedly awesome birds of prey you’ll ever see, and not just because of its barred, steely appearance, a diet consisting of over 2000 different species, and how it’s swiftly adapted to its environment with the ability to hunt soaring, and then snap the spines of its prey with its hooked beak and talons. No, no, there is much more to this raptor than that. Ready? Well, let’s ‘dig’ in.
Starting off with its physical appearance, the Peregrine Falcon is a medium-sized raptor with a stream-lined body measuring 34 to 58 cm in length, and a wingspan measuring 74 to 120 cm. Plus, as well as other birds of prey, the Peregrine Falcon is sexually dimorphic, meaning female ‘Duck Hawks’ may be up to 30% larger than the male! Just compare 424 grams and 910 grams; clearly there’s a big difference in size! In addition to their size, they also have hooked golden beaks and talons, used to crush spines and clutch prey. Generally speaking, most people can recognize the Peregrine Falcon when they see a bird soaring through the air with a black feather-covered head and ‘moustache’. Needless to say, with all of those champion-worthy features, and that barred, steely look, having a Peregrine Falcon glare at you is definitely something you don’t want!
Now, envision yourself chasing someone at 322 km/h. The Peregrine Falcon is built with a need for speed (so well that I highly doubt NASCAR could’ve designed them better) with a streamlined body shape, powerful muscles and a long wingspan. Going that fast, you’d not only catch up to them, as a matter of fact you’d crash into them so powerfully you would shatter their spine, leaving your ‘prey’ vulnerable to be eaten; and that’s exactly how the Peregrine Falcon hunts! When it spots prey, it executes a ‘stoop’ (the hunting correspondent of a dive-bomb) at the mind-blowing speed of 322 km/h, (That speed is almost equivalent to the top speeds of expeditious sport cars like the Ferrari 468 Italia (Top speed 325 km/h) and the McLaren MP4-12C (Top speed 333 km/h). and rams its beak and talons into the spine of its prey, and when they either drop from the sky or the ground...

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