How do peregrine falcons protect themselves?


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Peregrine falcons protect themselves from predators by flying high and at fast speeds. With the ability to fly at speeds ranging from 40 to 65 miles per hour, the falcon is rarely prey for other predators.

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The long, sharp talons on a peregrine falcon also allows it to protect itself against predators. With a brown body and bluish-gray wings, they easily blend in with different surroundings which helps them avoid predators and prey upon other animals.

Peregrine falcons are aggressive birds found in different counties throughout the world. The massive birds have the ability to adapt to different habitats though some follow migratory patterns during the winter months. With wingspans of more than 3 feet, the birds can easily catch fish and other birds, even in mid-air. The average female peregrine only weighs 2 to 3 pounds, which is slightly larger than male peregrines. Although small in weight, the birds can dive at speeds of 200 miles per hour, according to the Defenders of Wildlife.

Peregrine falcons mate for life and they can live to be 15 to 20 years old. The average female lays three to four eggs per year and they are very territorial birds during the mating season.

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