Peregrine Falcon

Fastest Bird


U.S. Postal Commemorative, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

St. Louis, Missouri

When diving after prey, the peregrine falcon is the world’s fastest bird, reaching speeds of 200 miles an hour or more.  Its horizontal cruising speed is considerably slower.  Other birds, such as pigeons and ducks, are the falcon’s usual prey.

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Image at left courtesy of Debbi Sinclair, GVCC.  This shot was taken at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson in December of 2013.  The birds in flight program highlights birds of prey and they swoop down right over your head!  It’s a great place to see the birds up close and personal.

Images below courtesy of Diane Sawyer, GVCC.  The peregrine falcon and chicks photos were taken on June 13th 2013. These birds nest on the rock cliffs a mile from our house in North Conway, NH. This is also a local rock climbing area known as Cathedral Ledge. Our friend and fellow climber, Al Hospers, took these photos from a camcorder he has focused on the cliffs at all times.