Tuesday, April 7, 2009

#7 Peregrine Falcon vs. #10 Northern Goshawk

Peregrine Falcon

  • Peregrine means wanderer. This name was given to them because of their long migration that can be as long as 15,500 miles per year.
  • Peregrine Falcons are one of the most popular birds with falconers. This helped the birds recover from near extinction from the use of DDT because their breeding habits in captivity were well understood.
  • The Peregrine Falcon is one of the fastest birds in the world and can reach speeds of up to 200 mph during hunting stoops from heights of more than 1/2 mile.
  • Peregrine Falcons are one of the most widespread birds in the world occurring on all continents except Antarctica as well as on many islands.
  • Peregrine Falcons were removed from the United States' Endangered Species List in 1999.

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Northern Goshawk

  • Northern Goshawks are known for their fierce defense of the nests. They will even attack people that approach to closely.
  • They are also known for their persistent pursuit of prey. They will sometime spend 45-60 minutes going after a single snowshoe hare.
  • The Eurasian race is typically darker overall than the American race but up to 50% of all Siberian goshawks are completely white.
  • The work goshawk comes from the Old English words "gos" meaning goose and "hafoc" meaning hawk. It is still pronounced as if they are separate words.
  • Attila the Hun had an image of the goshawk on his helmet.

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1 comment:

Karen Carroll said...

I also have started a blog. www.seeaperegrinethankafalconer.blogspot.com