Fun Facts

DDT: Peregrine Falcons have never been very prevalent, but because of the spraying of DDT, by the 1930’s and 1940’s there were only about 500 breeding pairs in the eastern US. From then until the 1970’s, Peregrine Falcons nearly disappeared in the east and were greatly reduced towards the west. When DDT was banned in 1972, the populations started to increase again because of the cooperative work of both the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Peregrine Fund, a private organization dedicated to helping the Peregrines recover. Through this work and the work of others, in 1995, Peregrine Falcons had over 1200 breeding pairs in the lower 48 states.


Another interesting fact is that the diving speed of a Peregrine Falcon is estimated to be over 200 mph! This fact often gives it the term “the fastest animal on the planet.”


Peregrine Falcons pluck their prey before they eat it.



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