Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cool Animal Sounds: Peregrine Falcon

These are amazing little birds. In a dive, they are the fastest animal on the planet, able to reach speeds exceeding 175 miles per hour! They kill prey more by impacting them than anything else, using the speed to their advantage. Their cry is very distinctive, a sort of "kraaaaaa, kraaaaaa, kraaaaaa" sound. They are often used as hunting birds, and falconry is almost an art in my opinion. It is highly regulated, and if you ever have a chance to see one of these birds up close as I have, they are amazing. The aerodynamics on their wings is near perfect, with very sleek, tight feathers. Their eyes are very large and bright, catching onto any movement. For such small birds, they are brilliant hunters.

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