Peregrine Falcon - Falco Peregrinus

Peregrine Falcon

Falco Peregrinus

Family: Falconidae (Falcons, 6 species in Australia)
Size: F 45-50 cm, M 35-42 cm
Distribution: Most of Australia except some parts of central Australia
Status: Moderately Common
Habitat: Most land types, especially cliffs and rocky outcrops, rocky coastal islands
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird in the world and has been recorded in dives at 389 kilometres per hour (240 miles per hour).

Peregrine Falcon - Falco Peregrinus
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1976 x 2931)

Some Birdwatching Resources


Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke NEW: Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke. From the eastern rainforests to central deserts, Australia is home to some 900 species of birds. This book covers over 400 Australian bird watching sites conveniently grouped into the best birding areas, from one end of the country to the other. This includes areas such as Kakadu in the Top End and rocky gorges in the central deserts of the Northern Territory, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, rainforests distributed along the eastern Australian seaboard, some of the world's tallest forests in Tasmania, the Flinders Ranges and deserts along the iconic Strzelecki and Birdsville Tracks in South Australia, and the Mallee temperate woodlands and spectacular coastlines in both Victoria and south west Western Australia.

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Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them, Peter Roberts. Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them, Peter Roberts. The 30 top bird-watching localities in and around Sydney. These birding hot spots stretch from Tuggerah Lakes on the Central Coast to Lake Illawarra near Wollongong and from the Blue Mountains in the west to some surprisingly accessible sites tucked away in the heart of the city. Each locality entry lists the key species to look out for including rare and seasonal visitors. It describes how to access the location, and what amenities to expect; maps are featured. There is also a handy list of Sydney birds, each entry providing information on the best spots to find it.

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Click here to purchase from Australia (The Nile) $26.51 AUD

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond) Probably more expensive

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