PORT PHILLIP BAY


Peregrine Falcon 

Falco peregrinus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Falconiformes
Family:
Falconidae
Genus:
Falco
Species:
peregrinus

General Description

Upper body and wings blue-grey, underparts cream with dark streaks. Head and face black. Bill and eyering yellow. Young birds have dark brown wings with light brown edges on feathers. Body up to 50 cm long.

Biology

Peregrine Falcons usually nest on cliffs, but can also use stick-nests, tree hollows or artificial structures for nests.

Habitat

Open grasslands, wooded areas and tall structures in urban areas.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Eagles and falcons

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)

Water Column

Above surface

Max Size

50 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern
  • CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix I)

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 30 May 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7879

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