Peregrine Falcons are raptors, a group that includes owls, hawks, falcons, vultures, and our locally beloved ospreys. Raptors can be identified by their strong, gripping feet and talons (for catching their prey), sharp beaks (for tearing meat), and big eyes on the front of their heads which can clearly spot prey up to several miles away.
We learned that Peregrine Falcons are the fastest animals in the world, and can fly at speeds of over 200 miles per hour when they’re plummeting down to the ground to catch their prey. In fact, the birds' unique anatomy has even inspired the design of fighter jets.
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