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Prairie Falcon
Falco mexicanus

Hawks, Eagles and Falcons
Falcon Family (Falconidae)

Size: Length: Male: 36-38 cm/Female: 43-46 cm Wingspan: Male: 94-99 cm/Female: 104-109 cm

Description: This rare visitor resembles a small peregrine falcon, but the latter is exceeding rare and unlikely to be observed in the Rockies. Both sexes are similar, unlike the gender-based variation of the other local falcons. They have a dark back and wings. The head has a dark nape and crown. Two dark stripes are visible. The more prominent stripe. outlines the cheek beneath the eye. The cheek is lightly coloured. A second runs from the back of the eye towards the back of the head. The throat and breast are buff, mottled with darker feathers. The tail is dark, with a thin white tip. Faint banding is visible when perched. In flight, the underside is a light buff, mottled with reddish-brown feathers. The tail is buff, banded with reddish-brown. The facial mask may also be visible. The large size of this falcon is reflected in its preference for larger prey. It eats ducks, songbirds, shorebirds, mice, squirrels, and just about anything else unlucky enough to cross its path. The dives are at very high speed, similar but somewhat slower than the peregrine falcon.

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