Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus
A Peregrine Falcon specimen on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

Peregrine Falcons are widely distributed. An aerial hunter, the Peregrine feeds predominantly on avian species and is well known for its tremendous speed when stooping on prey. The population decline of Peregrines in the 1960's caused an environmental awakening with both public and scientific audiences.


  • White, Clayton M., Nancy J. Clum, Tom J. Cade, and W. Grainger Hunt. 2002. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online.

DC Information

An uncommon migrant, February to May and September to November, along the barrier beaches of the Eastern Shore. Occasionally seen on tall buildings in downtown Washington. Females are larger than the males. An endangered species.

Specimen Information

Date:  3/5/1914
Collected By:  OJ Trenis
Locality:  National Zoo, DC
Sex:  Immature, sex not determined
Catalog ID:  236072

Distribution Map

distribution map for this species

Bird Vocalizations

Sound from xeno-canto. XC50948 Falco peregrinus (Peregrine Falcon)

Sound from xeno-canto. XC50949 Falco peregrinus (Peregrine Falcon)

Sound from xeno-canto. XC48465 Falco peregrinus (Peregrine Falcon)