peregrine falcon


Definition of peregrine falcon

: a swift nearly cosmopolitan falcon (Falco peregrinus) often used in falconry

called also peregrine

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Recent Examples on the Web Deer, turkey, songbirds, peregrine falcons and even a bear have been spotted on the land. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Land in Bayport to become city park and be ‘set aside forever’," 12 Oct. 2019 And raptors such as bald eagles, ospreys and peregrine falcons have also improved since the 1970s, when their numbers had been decimated by the use of the pesticide DDT. Los Angeles Times, "Missing: Nearly 3 billion birds that used to live in North America," 19 Sep. 2019 Those species including the bald eagle and peregrine falcon show significant population growth, making them no longer threatened. USA TODAY, "‘Nightmare’ roof, fire-starting drones, Pennywise Jeep: News from around our 50 states," 29 Oct. 2019 The peregrine falcon, the humpback whale, the Tennessee purple coneflower and the Florida manatee all would very likely have disappeared without it, scientists say. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "U.S. Significantly Weakens Endangered Species Act," 12 Aug. 2019 Scientists on Thursday pulled two peregrine falcon chicks from their nest atop the Evanston Public Library, banded their legs, drew blood from their wings and recorded their measurements before they were safely returned to their parents. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Field Museum researchers place tracking bands on falcons hatched atop Evanston library," 6 June 2019 Along with bats, keep an eye out for peregrine falcons, golden eagles and perhaps even the endangered California condor, whose wingspan can be as wide as 9½ feet. Mike Morris,, "Want to avoid Yosemite-size crowds? Sample other national parks in California," 12 July 2019 Wander through ancient woodlands, once-royal hunting grounds, peregrine falcon nesting sites, rhododendron trails, and Roman ruins. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Visit the real-life forests that inspired these famous books," 15 Apr. 2019 For the first time in seven years, peregrine falcons at Devils Tower did not have a successful nesting season. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of peregrine falcon

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peregrine falcon

Middle English faukon peregryn, from Medieval Latin falco peregrinus, literally, pilgrim falcon; from the young being captured wandering from their nests, which were too inaccessible to reach easily

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“Peregrine falcon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of peregrine falcon

: a type of hawk that can fly very fast and is sometimes trained to hunt

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