Common Name: Peregrine Falcon
Scientific Name: Falco peregrinus
Nepali Name: Saahi Baaj ( शाही बाज )
Size: Male – 38-48 cm
Location: Gamgadi, Nepal
Peregrine Falcon is the most widespread bird of prey in the world and its found from 1500 to 3000 m during summer. Having a body length of 38 to 48 cm, the male and female are similar in marking and color except the female 30% larger than the male.
The upperparts are bluish-grey, white underpart with narrow black spotting and barring. The spotting and barring continue in the underwing and tail as well. With pointed wings and short tail, Peregrine Falcon are known for their speed which sometimes can reach upto 320km/h during the high-speed dive.
The diet includes medium-sized birds along with small mammals, small reptiles. The magnificent birds can be found nesting in mountainous areas and cliffs.
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