The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known as the peregrine, are a medium to large raptor, found across Australia. Known for its speed and being the fastest bird in the world, the Peregrine Falcon can reach over 320 km per hour, especially during its characteristic hunting stoop (a high-speed dive).
The Peregrine Falcons have a black hood, blue-black upperparts and creamy white to yellowish coloured throat, chin and underpart. They are finely barred from the breast to the tail. The long tapered wings have a straight trailing edge in flight, with a relatively sort tail. They have yellow eye-ring and a strong shaped yellow bill, tipped black.
Whilst the male and female are similar in markings and plumage, the female peregrine falcon are up to 30% larger than the male.
The peregrine falcon have adapted to living in some of our larger cites, building nests on the ledges of skyscrapers. There is danger living in the cities, as whilst their main food source are doves and gulls, because they swoop down onto their prey at speed, they can collide with overhead wires, that can proved fatal at speed.