The fastest living animal, the peregrine falcon can dive at speeds of up to 261 miles per hour! It is currently being reintroduced to the state in urban areas, where skyscrapers replace the cliffs it traditionally nested on.
The fastest living animal, this bird can dive at speeds of up to 261 miles per hour! It is currently being reintroduced to the state in urban areas, where skyscrapers replace the cliffs it traditionally nested on.
Reintroduction efforts hold promise for returning peregrines to our state. Many of the peregrines living in Missouri’s urban centers were captive-raised and now use nest boxes and other suitable locations on tall buildings for their eggs. It takes 35–42 days for the young to fledge.
Peregrine falcons are white and dark narrow-barred below, and gray blue above. The wings extend nearly as far as the tip of the tail. Note also the black crown and nape, with a black wedge extending below the eye.
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