Falco peregrinus

Falco peregrinus

Peregrine falcon juveniles

(Peregrine falcon)

FAMILY

Falconidae

Species

Falco peregrinus

Common name

Peregrine falcon

Main colour(s)

Blue-grey with black cap

Distinctive feature

Usually found near cliffs and rocky areas, body 55-61 cm

Campus

Townsville

Description

This bird is most likely to be observed towards Mt Stuart behind the Townsville campus. A heavy looking bird, it ranges in size from 55 cm long to 61 cm long with the male being smaller than the female, wings are flat when soaring. Body is blue-grey above and underparts buff-coloured with grey bars, head and nape are black. Legs and feet are yellow, eyes with brown iris and yellow orbits, bill dark grey with black tip. Photograph courtesy of Ian Montgomery, www.birdway.com.au