One of the most common falcon species, the peregrine falcon, eats mainly other birds, such as ducks, gulls, pigeons, cranes, ptarmigans, swifts and many types of songbirds. They also eat bats. Falcons steal prey, such as small invertebrates or fish, from other raptors in flight. Smaller species of falcons feed on small reptiles, rodents and insects.
The tapered shape of the falcon's wings the birds fly swiftly and change direction at a moment's notice. Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on Earth, with the ability to reach diving speeds of 200 miles per hour. They also have an eyesight that is 2.6 times sharper than that of human sight. This enables them to hover high in the air until they spot prey and dive swiftly to intercept it.
Peregrine falcons are found on every continent except Antarctica. They thrive in a variety of climates and habitats. They even sometimes live on the skyscrapers, churches, bridges and electricity transmission towers in large cities. Peregrine falcons are among the most prized birds in the sport of falconry. In fact, the experience of falconers in handling captive falcons helped re-establish falcon populations devastated by widespread use of DDT, a synthetic insecticide, from 1950 to 1970.Learn More
Some Canada geese spend their winter in the southern United States or Mexico, while others are permanent residents of golf courses and parks in the United States. Many Canada geese do not fly as far south as they once did due to changes in weather and farming patterns.Full Answer >
Roseate spoonbills can be identified by their pink coloring, their long, flat, spoon-shaped bills, their bald heads, and their reddish legs. They are heron-like birds and have a distinctive call that can be identified and used to track them. Their overall coloration varies, but adults typically have a greenish head, a white neck, a gray bill, and deep pink feathers.Full Answer >
Domestic ducks can eat chicken layer feed supplemented with brewer's yeast. Adding 5 percent brewer's yeast to chicken feed helps provide ducks with the right amount of niacin to grow properly. Ducks can also eat commercial-quality duck feed if it is available.Full Answer >
Pelagornis sandersi was the biggest flying bird in the world. Discovered in 1983 near Charleston, S.C., the bird lived some 25 to 28 million years ago and had an estimated wingspan of 20 to 24 feet. It overtakes the previous record holder, Argentavis magnificens, which had a 3-meter wingspan.Full Answer >