Skye the Peregrine Falcon

Hi there! My name is Skye, and I’m a peregrine falcon.

Peregrine falcons like me are considered birds of prey. We have great eyesight and are super fast. When we dive through the air, we can reach speeds of greater than 200 miles per hour—that’s about three times faster than a cheetah can run!

Many birds enjoy eating things like berries and seeds—and so did we before the fall—but now we peregrines are carnivores (meat-eaters). And that’s perfect because we’re natural hunters! Our favorite food is smaller birds, such as pigeons, but we sometimes eat things like small mammals, amphibians, and insects as well.

Falconry (when people train and use birds of prey to help them hunt small animals) became popular in Europe during the Middle Ages, but people have actually been training us for thousands of years.

We peregrines are a favorite bird choice for falconers. In addition to our spectacular hunting skills, God gave us the ability to learn quickly, and we love to obey our masters!

Follow our example and be eager to learn, love, and obey God’s Word!

Peregrine Falcon Facts

Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Falco
Species: peregrinus
Life Span: Some live 20+ years (but the average is much lower)

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