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 Name||Peregrine Falcon|
|Taxonomic Name||Falco peregrinus|
|Native to||All continents except Antarctica|
|Natural Habitat||Found in a huge range of open habitats including tundra, desert, wetlands, grassland and open woodland|
|Diet||Mostly birds, but also small mammals and sometimes other small animals|
|Life Expectancy||Up to 30 years|
|Conservation Status||Least 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.
York Falconry run LANTRA Falconry courses in our Bird of Prey Centre, which is a great way of making sure you're ready to care for a bird of prey. To find out more contact us.