French: Faucon des prairies German: Präriefalke Spanish: Halcón mexicano
Monterey, Mexico = California, USA
SW Canada (C British Columbia to S Saskatchewan) S through W & WC USA (E to Arizona and W Texas) to N Mexico; winters to EC USA and NC & NW Mexico.
37–47 cm; male 404–650 g, larger female 675–1100 g; wingspan 91–113 cm. A typical rather large falcon, with streaked crown, paler collar, whitish... read more
Usually silent, except during breeding when gives yelping "kik-kik-kik", harsher in... read more
Mainly arid hilly and mountainous grasslands and shrub steppe, including vast desert valleys and... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily mammals, particularly ground squirrels (e.g. Citellus, Spermophilus), and birds, particularly those of open... read more
Sometimes arrives at eyries in Feb, but normally Mar–Jul, depending on altitude and latitude. Solitary. Achieves high denisities in... read more
Variable: disperses widely with general N to S movement from N breeding locations; movements in all... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Widespread and common within breeding range. Eggshell thinning as result of DDT caused only minor local reductions,... read more
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