The Falcon is the fastest bird in the
The Falcon is related to the Hawk and Eagle.
There are 40 species of falcons in the
world. You can find them almost anywhere, except for Antarctica.
Falcons can live in any habitat. They can
live in forests, mountains, prairies, wetlands, savannahs, and even inside
A Falcon’s feathers are usually brown or
grey. White, yellow or black spots also mark their bodies.
Falcons are known for their bullet-shaped
bodies, long, pointed wings, sharp claws, and a short, hooked beak.
Falcons have excellent eyesight which they
use to spot their prey. They can see eight times better than humans.
Falcons also have a good sense of hearing,
but it’s not as great as their eyes. Their sense of smell is also quite poor.
Falcons are diurnal birds. That means they
hunt and fly during the day.
their size, Falcons are very strong. They can carry prey that is six times
heavier than them and can also fly long distances.
have a “tooth” at the end of their beaks which is very sharp. That’s why,
unlike other birds, falcons use their beaks instead of their claws as weapons.
eating, Falcons would sometimes spit out the bones and fur they accidentally
swallowed while eating their prey.
are carnivores. That means they only eat meat.
While they are not picky eaters, their meals usually consist of rodents,
frogs, and fishes.
are solitary creatures. That means they like to be alone. Falcons only meet up
with one another when they want to attract mates or start families.
are monogamous. That means they mate for life.
year, Falcons meet up with their mates and dance together in the sky. The
reason they do this is so that they can rebuild their bond.
can build their nests almost anywhere. For example, trees, cliffs, and even
falcons are larger than males and can lay 2 to 5 eggs. These eggs can be white,
red or brown.
the male and female falcon takes care of the chicks until they’re big enough to
fend for themselves.
can live up to 12 to 20 years in the wild. In captivity, they can live up to 25
though Falcons are close to the top of the food chain, they still have enemies.
These enemies are larger birds such as eagles and owls.
Falconry was created based
on these birds. It is a sport where humans hunt with the help of trained
falcons. This sport has been around for 3,500 years.