Prairie Falcon images and information:
- Prairie Falcons are large falcons with pointed wings, medium length tails, brown above and pale below with brown markings. They have a light line above the brow and a brown mustache stripe.
- Prairie Falcons often share their nesting areas with Golden Eagles, Common Ravens and other hawks like Red-tailed Hawks.
- Prairie Falcons nest on cliffs as high as 500 feet, they do not build nests but instead use scrapes. They have been known to use abandoned raven and eagle nests.
- They lay 1 to 8 eggs which take 29 to 31 days to hatch. Brooding is primarily carried out by the female.
- The diet of Prairie Falcons includes birds like Horned Larks and Western Meadowlark, small rodents such as ground squirrels and pikas and lizards. I have seen them kill and eat small ducks too.
- Prairie Falcons inhabit sagebrush steppes, deserts, grasslands and other open areas of Western North America.
- A group of falcons can be called a “bazaar”, “eyrie”, “stooping up” and a “tower” of falcons.
- Prairie Falcons may live between 10 to 20 years.
I hope you enjoy viewing my Prairie Falcon photos.