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Peregrines can be seen round the Lizard, including at Lizard Point.
Photo: Trisha Shears. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ltshears

 PEREGRINE

Latin name: Falco peregrinus

Cornish name: Winnard

Other names: Peregrine Falcon

Status: IUCN Red List (Least Concern), listed in CITES, Appendix 1.

The Peregrine, a large, crow-sized member of the Falconidae family, is found on rocky cliffs of the north and west coasts of Britain. Globally, there are 19 subspecies of this widely distributed bird of prey, which is found on every continent, except for Antarctica. The females are larger than the males.Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine means 'wanderer', probably deriving from the long migrations southward of northern populations in winter.

See the links to the ARKive and BBC Nature websites below for lots more information about this iconic species.

Did you know...?

...Peregrines are fast! They can reach speeds of close to 150 miles per hour when diving for prey (called the 'stoop').
...They were amongst the birds affected badly by use of DDT in the middle decades of the 20th century: being at the top of their food chain, they accumulated large levels of the chemical. Populations are thought to have recovered since use of DDT was banned.

More information and references:

Gooders, J., Harris, A., 1986. Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland. Kingfisher Books, London.

Websites with more information:

BBC Nature: lots of videos and photographs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Peregrine_Falcon

Lots more useful information, images and videos on the ARKive website:
http://www.arkive.org/peregrine-falcon/falco-peregrinus/

Published: May 2013
Author: Amanda Scott
Photo: Trisha Shears. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ltshears

Click here for information about other bird species found on the Lizard.