Birds of Prey : Falcons
There are many different types of birds of prey but one arguably the most spectacular bird of prey is the falcon. Falcons are any species of raptor in the genus Falco. If you are curious about birds of prey and in particular falcons then this article will give you some useful information. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
An adult falcon’s wings are thin and tapered this means that they are able to fly at high speeds and change direction extremely quickly. The way this bird of prey learns to fly is extremely clever. When the falcons are in their first year of flying they are called fledging falcons, these fledging falcons have longer flight feathers which stabilise them and make their configuration more like a general bird. This makes it much easier for the falcons to learn how to fly while they are learning the skills needed to be an effective hunter when fully grown.
Peregrine Falcons can dive at incredible speeds of 200mph which makes them the fastest animals on the planet. There are other falcons other than the Peregrine Falcon such as the Gyrfalcon, Lanner Falcon and Merlin. There are small falcons which are reasonably common to see in England such as Hobbies and Kestrels which hover when hunting.
Training birds of prey to hunt in captivity is known as falconry. Falcons are known for their brilliant vision and their visual acuity is 2.6 times that of an average human.
The Peregrine Falcon is between 34 and 58cm long and has a wingspan of 80 to 120cm. both the male and female falcons have similar markings but you can tell the difference between the sexes because of their size; the female falcon is usually 30% larger than the male.