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Birds by name
Conservation status: Green
The peregrine is a large and powerful falcon. It has long, broad, pointed wings and a relatively short tail. It is blue-grey above, with a blackish top of the head and an obvious black 'moustache' that contrasts with its white face. Its breast is finely spotted. It is swift and agile in flight, chasing prey. The strongholds of the breeding birds in the UK are the uplands of the north and west and rocky seacoasts. Peregrines have suffered illegal killing from gamekeepers and landowners, and been a target for egg collectors, but better legal protection and control of pesticides (which indirectly poisoned birds) have helped the population to recover considerably from a low in the 1960s. Some birds, particularly females and juveniles, move away from the uplands in autumn.
Falcons and allies (Falconidae)
Can often be found above rocky seacliffs and upland areas throughout the UK in the breeding season. In winter, they are often seen hunting above East Coast marshland. The RSPB hosts a series of Date with Nature events across the UK during the breeding season to help nature lovers spot these stunning birds.
All year round
Medium-sized birds, such as wading birds, pigeons and small ducks.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
Tomas Belka, Xeno-canto