Slate-blue above, mottled darker, white or creamy buff below, unmarked upperbreast forming conspicuous pale bib, lower breast and trousers finely barred black. Wholly black crown and cheeks, bill blue-grey tipped black. Cere, eyering and legs yellow. Immature: dark-brown above including cheeks, finely margined pale-buff or rufous, buff to deep-buff below, breast streaked or spotted blackish. Cere, eyering and legs bluish.


Diurnal, Swiftest of all hunting hawks. Mate for life and occupy same home range and nest year after year. Become much rarer in recent years because of the thinning and breaking of its egg shells caused by volatile insecticides. Sedentary, nomadic or part-migratory.


Forest Shrubland Stone Country Woodland, Heavily timbered ruggedly mountainous country; cliffs; water courses.


Because of the dramatic effct of DDt on its numbers it is regarded as a vulnerable species (Slater, 1978, Ovington, 1978).


August September October November, 2 to 3; buff, reddish-brown markings. Incubation 30 days mainly by female, young fledge 5-6wks.


Kakadu National Park


Carnivore, Birds; small mammals; reptiles and insects.


Common Name: Peregrine Falcon Scientific Name: Falco peregrinus
Sub Order: Unavailable Order: Falconiformes
Class: Aves Category: Native
Status: Least Concern Size: Male 380 mm

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