Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

(F. p. brookei )

Armenian Name: Սապսան
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
Peregrine Falcon

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Flight Characteristics: Large with broad breast and short tail. Wing has broad base and very pointed tip; underwing coverts and flight feathers uniformly dark. Bold dark mustache. Powerful level flight. Soars on extended level wings up to great heights.
Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Rare
Length:36-48 cm, Wing Span:95-110 cm
Distribution Map: Map 60.
Description: Powerful falcon with dark barred underwing showing little contrast between coverts and flight feathers.
Adult: Male has dark upper cheek and broad mustache contrasting with whitish throat and sides of neck. Underparts pale orange with dense barring. Female larger and darker.
Juvenile: Dark brown above, light brown with dark streaks below.
Similar Species: Differs from Lanner and Saker Falcons by more distinct mustache mark, uniformly dark barred underwing, and dark-tipped undertail.
Behavior: Swift and agile in flight. Dramatically stoops at high speed and strikes prey in air.
Habitat: Mountain steppe and forests, semidesert, farmland.
Food: Birds.
Nest: Scrape on cliff ledge or old nest of other raptor.
Eggs: 52 mm, 3-4, off-white, red-brown spots.