• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Falconidae
  • Genus: Falco
  • Species: Falco peregrinus
  • These birds typically nest on cliff ledges from about 25–1,300 feet high. They will sometimes substitute large buildings for these cliffs to nest in larger cities.
  • Peregrines are often reported to be the fastest bird in the world, with a cruising speed of 24 to 33 mph, and up to 67 mph when in pursuit of prey. When stooping, or dropping on prey with their wings closed, speeds of 238 mph may be achieved.
  • They eat mostly birds, of an enormous variety. 450 North
    American species have been documented as prey, and the number worldwide may be as many as 2,000 species.