Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus



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Figure 1. Distribution of the Peregrine Falcon.

Distribution of the Peregrine Falcon in North and Middle America and the western West Indies. This species also breeds in South America and locally worldwide. American birds winter from the dashed line south throughout the U.S. (except the Great Basin, Great Plains and Appalachians), Middle America, the West Indies, and South America. See text for details.

Figure 2. Annual cycle of breeding, migration, and molt in the Peregrine Falcon.

Note the extreme difference between timing in a northern migrant and a resident population. Thick line shows peak activity; thin line, off-peak.

Three subspecies of N. American Peregrine Falcons

Illustrated by John Schmitt. Included here is one example of the Aleutian variant of the northwestern Peregrine (F. p. pealei ). See Systematics for details.

Range of plumage variation in juvenile N. American Peregrines

Illustrated by J. Schmitt. See Systematics for details on each of the 3 subspecies.

Recommended Citation

White, C. M., N. J. Clum, T. J. Cade, and W. G. Hunt (2002). Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.