Falcon Predators - by Carly


The peregrine falcon has a few natural predators some of them are the Goshawk, Sharp winged Hawk, Great horned owl, and Vipers. Vipers go after eggs in the nest and baby falcons. Unlike the other predators will go after adult falcons.

The Goshawk is related to the Sparrow hawk. It lives in the woods and forest. It is a swift hunter and likes to catch its prey in mid air. Both Goshawk and Sparrow hawk share those personalities.

Each Goshawk needs five and one half ounces of food each day. Young Goshawks need Seven ounces a day that means in two months if there is two parents and three chicks they have eaten 125 pounds!

The Sharp winged hawk is a daylight bird and has extremely good vision they can locate prey from long distances. Most hawks’ prey is on the ground but this hawk prefers to kill in mid air but occasionally comes down to eat snakes.

The great horned owl has sharp beaks and talons that are similar to hawks but the beak is smaller. Their wings are soft as tissue and their wings barely make a sound when it flies. They have special eyes to see in the dim of light because they are nocturnal. Their ears are even more special because they can hear the softest sounds like mice in leaves at night. These magnificent ears are called ear tuffs.

The viper is one of the most advanced predators in snake history. They bring highly deadly venom and eat baby falcons. They are found in the U.S. and Mexico.

The biggest predator to the peregrine falcon is humans, because humans destroy their habitats and put their populations at risk. Once we had discovered DDT we killed millions of peregrines because it poisoned them and made the eggshells when they laid them.

We can help peregrines by researching about them and become falconers to protect them or you can at least not pollute their habitat or use DDT.


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