peregrine falcon


Definition of peregrine falcon 

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

called also peregrine

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The four young birds are part of a long tradition of peregrine falcons finding a home on the rooftop of the Evanston Public Library branch, which has taken place routinely at the site for about 15 years. Kyra Senese,, "Four baby falcons that hatched atop an Evanston library are named, banded," 19 June 2018 The peregrine falcon, whose nesting period runs between February and August, is the cause of about half of these closures. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "We're Overprotecting Birds at the Expense of Climbers," 12 July 2018 Karen, Tango, Lightning Bolt and Ford Falcon are the names of the four young peregrine falcons who hatched this year on the rooftop of an Evanston Public Library branch, and were introduced to the public during a naming and banding ceremony June 12. Kyra Senese,, "Four baby falcons that hatched atop an Evanston library are named, banded," 19 June 2018 Despite the surveillance reduction, which freed up money for conserving other species like the peregrine falcon, Sargent promised our nation’s symbol will always remain a top priority in the state. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "Bald eagle, once a dying breed, making groundbreaking comeback across country," 22 June 2018 Hayabusa is the Japanese word for peregrine falcon. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps Up on the Ryugu Asteroid," 25 June 2018 Downtown's new peregrine falcon bros Both chicks are males. Laura James-reim, Indianapolis Star, "After banding, young falcons start to test their wings," 6 June 2018 Two new peregrine falcon chicks, Whitehead and Webster, are introduced at a banding session and health checkup, downtown Indianapolis, Tuesday, June 4, 2018. Laura James-reim, Indianapolis Star, "Beware of falling falcons: Volunteers ready to rescue," 17 June 2018 The rooftop of an Evanston Public Library branch is again home to peregrine falcon hatchlings born recently at the nesting site there. Kyra Senese,, "Recently born peregrine falcons to be named, banded at Evanston library," 25 May 2018

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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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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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