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Peregrine Falcon

The name ‘peregrine’ means ‘wanderer’. A male flacon is called a tercel.

During the medieval period the bird you were permitted to fly was dictated by your rank: in the15th Century Book of St Albans it states that an Earl may fly a peregrine falcon. 

The peregrine falcon is the fastest out of all the falcons. They can reach speeds of over 200 mph in a high speed dive (called a ‘stoop’). 

About peregrine falcons

Common NamePeregrine Falcon
Taxonomic NameFalco peregrinus
Native toAll continents except Antarctica
Natural HabitatFound in a huge range of open habitats including tundra, desert, wetlands, grassland and open woodland
DietMostly birds, but also small mammals and sometimes other small animals
Life ExpectancyUp to 30 years
Conservation StatusLeast Concern (3.1)

About our peregrine falcon

How we care for our peregrine falcon

Our peregrine falcon is housed in our mews, and is part of York Falconry's collection.

How you can help peregrine falcons

Peregrine falcons are not threatened in the wild.

If you are looking to keep birds of prey it is important to research thoroughly and make sure you will be able to care for them properly. Peregrine falcons are not an ideal species for beginners.