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 Park biologists will monitor the peregrine falcon nesting sites and reopen cliffs that aren’t occupied by the birds. Rebekah Wahlberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Zion National Park closes climbing routes where falcons often nest," 1 Mar. 2021 Each spring, Yosemite’s steep cliffs offer safe harbor to the world’s fastest animal, the peregrine falcon, which is capable of dive-bombing its prey at nearly 200 miles per hour when on the hunt. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Yosemite National Park Travel Guide," 22 Feb. 2021 My favorite photographer, a woman named Gloria who goes by mizzou159 on Instagram, has a long lens, a great eye, and a knack for being there when the peregrine falcon takes off like an SST. Globe Staff,, "Forget your troubles, c’mon get happy," 13 Jan. 2021 They are surrounded by other flora and fauna indigenous to Connecticut: great blue heron, blackback gull, black sea bass, peregrine falcon, white-tailed deer, loggerhead turtle, etc. Susan Dunne,, "CT Art Trail celebrates 25th anniversary with exhibit at Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford," 16 Oct. 2020 According to historical accounts, the first record of bird banding occurred in 1595, when a peregrine falcon owned by Henry IV of France flew off after a hawk and turned up 1,350 miles away. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Isotope analysis of feathers offers new insight into waterfowl movements and reveals some surprises," 13 Sep. 2020 About two dozen nesting peregrine falcon pairs are believed to be in the Bay Area. Steve Rubenstein,, "Peregrine falcons swoop into Alcatraz, and here come the chicks," 31 July 2020 Folks can also follow the peregrine falcons on We Energies' Twitter account and Facebook. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're here! We Energies peregrine falcon cam shows first chicks of 2020 have hatched in Milwaukee," 3 May 2020 Uncommon species such as peregrine falcons, Bechstein’s bats, and purple emperor butterflies showed up at Knepp in numbers that confounded even the most optimistic rewilder. Christopher Preston, The Atlantic, "Conservationists No Longer Agree on What ‘Wild’ Means," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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4 Mar 2021

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“Peregrine falcon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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