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What Does A Peregrine Falcon Look Like? - Peregrine Falcon Description

What Does A Peregrine Falcon Look Like? – Peregrine Falcon Physical Description

November 9, 2017
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In this article we are going to tell you precisely what does a peregrine falcon look like. The upper body of a Peregrine falcon is bluish-gray which turns more black toward its head. The color of its underparts vary from yellowish-brown to grayish-white, and has a barred look with dark blotches speckled over it. Also, there are blackish to gray barring under the tail and on the underwings of the falcon.

Peregrine Falcon Appearance – What Does a Peregrine Falcon Look Like?

In juvenile birds, the upperparts have slaty to deep chocolaty brown shade while the underparts are sandy yellowish-brown and streaked with dark blotches.

The bird has tawny colored look on its face with chocolate brown iris. Unlike male falcons, the females have generally more pastel facial skin.

Its bill is pale bluish-gray in color with dark tips and yellow cere. The bird has tawny colored look on its face with chocolate brown iris. Unlike male falcons, the females have generally more pastel facial skin.

The legs and feet of an adult bird are yellowish-orange with black talons. A baby peregrine falcon has bluish-gray appearance at the time of hatching. The base of the hatchling’s upper beak (cere) is light-blue while the legs are grayish in appearance.

The male and female peregrine falcons vary significantly in size and weight. Compared to males, the females are 15 to 20 percent bigger and about 40 to 50 percent heavier thereby displaying sexual dimorphism.


White, Clayton M., Nancy J. Clum, Tom J. Cade and W. Grainger Hunt. 2002. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

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