Topic: The Peregrine Falcon                                               Theme: An Endangered Bird

Make a good introduction using some of these facts:

 

The ancient Egyptians respected the peregrine falcon, and called it “The Lofty One.”

The pesticide DDT causes falcon eggs to become thin and break.

A falcon is 15 to 20 inches long.

A falcon usually lives for 4-5 years, but can live 12 years or longer.

As of 1978, only 31 pairs of falcons were known to be nesting in the wild.

When it dives and attacks, the falcon can reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour.

Peregrine falcons have the same mate for life and produce 3 or 4 eggs per season.

The falcon has long, pointed wings the spread to around 43 inches in full flight.

The falcon feeds mainly on pigeons, songbirds, and ducks.

Young peregrines hatch after about 32 days of nesting.

Prey is often killed in the air; mated pairs of falcons may hunt as a team.