Falcons

American Kestrel

The most common and widespread falcon in North America, as well as the smallest and most delicate. Having the typical falcon shape -- a short neck, relatively small head, long and slender pointed wings, and a long tail - gives this bird a…

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Gyrfalcon

The Gyrfalcon is the largest of all falcons, with females substantially larger than males. They are the most northern of the diurnal raptors. Like other falcons, they have dark eyes, and a short, strong beak with a tomial tooth used for killing…

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Merlin

Slightly larger than the American Kestrel, the Merlin is much more aggressive in behavior and more powerful in flight than its smaller falcon cousin. Females are larger, as with most birds of prey. Plumage differs between the sexes: adult males…

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Peregrine Falcon

A large, dark, powerful falcon with long, pointed wings and a long, narrow, tapered tail. Plumage is similar between the sexes, but females are larger. The Peregrine Falcon has a black hood that extends down along the side of the head in a…

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Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcons are slimmer and longer-tailed than Peregrine Falcons, and also more active, nervous and aggressive in behavior. Females are larger than males, but the sexes have similar plumages. Upperparts are a gray-brown, with light edges…

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