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The scientific name for peregrine falcon is Falco peregrinus which means wandering falcon. During migration, peregrines may travel great distances. Peregrines nesting in the Arctic are known to migrate to Central and South America during the winter.
Peregrines are a bird of prey (raptor) and part of the Falconidae (falcon) family. There are 5 falcon species in the United States: Gyrfalcon, peregrine falcon, prairie falcon, merlin and American kestrel. The peregrine, merlin, and kestrel all once nested in Iowa. Now only the merlin does not nest here.
Peregrines are a crow-sized bird. Females are larger and weigh 32-34 ounces (about 2 pounds) while males weigh 18-20 ounces. From beak to tail peregrines are 13 to 16 inches long. During their first year, the young falcons will have a chocolate brown plumage with streaks on the belly. After one year of age, they will obtain the adult coloration which is slate blue on the back, white under the chin with black speckling and salmon on the breast. All peregrines have the dark mustache stripe under each eye.
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