scientific name: Falco peregrinus
Wingspan: 3 - 3.6 ft
Weight: 0.75 - 2 lbs (male), 1.5 - 3.5 lbs (female)
Average Life Span: Up to 17 years
Habitat: Wide range, but they thrive near coasts
Diet: Carnivore (eats meat), primarily birds, also small mammals like bats
Coloring: Young—heavily marked, vertical streaks, Mature—blue-gray top, horizontal bars underside white chest, dark face with streaks like sideburns
Breeding: Mate for life, a pair returns to the same territory. Some nests last for generations.
In the Patcong Creek...
We have a peregrine falcon nest on Drag Island in Great Egg Harbor Bay. They are the fastest animal in the world, reaching speeds up to 240 miles per hour during dives. They perch high to spot prey and can catch prey (birds & bats) mid-flight.
Fastest animal in the world!