The Fastest Animal in the World
The peregrine falcon is known as the fastest animal in the world with a speed of 200 mph. Their scientific name is Falco peregrinus. They belong to the Falconidae family. They are raptors or in other words, bird of prey. These ferocious hunters have blue-gray wings, dark brown backs and a buff coloured underside. They have hooked beaks and strong talons. Peregrine falcons are commonly referred to as the Duck Hawk.
Facts you didn’t know: –
- Peregrine falcon is found on every continent except Antarctica.
- They generally prey on bats and other medium-sized birds like: – starlings, pigeon and dove etc.
- Their average wingspan can range from 3.3 to 3.6 feet. Their body could reach up to a size of 15-20 inches and weigh up to 1.5 kg.
- Females are 20% larger in body size than males.
- There are three recognized subspecies of Peregrine falcon in North America: – F.P. Pealei, F.P. Tundrius and F.P. Anatum. There are total 19 known subspecies of them.
- Their mating season starts in the late of March and ends in the month of May. These birds mate for life.
- Peregrine falcons have a gestation period of 29-32 days and they lay 3-4 eggs at once.
- Their average lifespan is approximately 10-12 years.
- These birds become extremely territorial during breeding season and vigorously defend their nests.
- Peregrine falcons are very adaptive. They can live from cold tundra to hot deserts.
- In the United States, they are listed as endangered species.