Peregrine Falcons are Feathered Fighter Jets, Basically | Deep Look

by birtanpublished on August 15, 2020

nobody and we mean nobody flies faster than the peregrine falcon they've been clocked at 240 miles per hour

I mean they're basically feathered fighter jets but catching their favorite foods like this pigeon isn't as easy as you might think

So a peregrine needs much more than raw speed to get a meal first it scans for prey with its phenomenal vision it can see

About twice as far as we can here's why both humans and peregrines have a spot at the very back of their eyes where vision is sharpest it's called a fovea but peregrine falcons have an

Extra one which helps with depth perception at high speed that helps it lock onto its prey or in this case allure the falconer is using to mimic a pigeon trying to get away

most birds of prey like this red-tailed hawk have a prominent ridge above their eyes that shades against the sun but the peregrine's ridge is much smaller

A bigger ridge can create drag which could slow the bird down so instead peregrines rely on dark feathers below their eyes to reduce glare like black marks on a football player's

Face in the air peregrines are super maneuverable thanks to the shape of their wings they're angled and compact unlike the

Broader wings that owls use for gliding or hawks used for soaring a peregrine's long stiff feathers also help slice through the air smoothly and of course there is the peregrine's

Signature move the stoop dive turns the bird into an aerodynamic missile aimed right at its prey but being fast has its downsides

At high speed the air pressure on its face is intense potentially suffocating so peregrines have these little bones called tubercles inside their nostrils they slow down the air going into their

Lungs jet engines have the same kind of thing once a falcon zeros in on a bird then comes the really hard part taking it down

It hits the bird with a huge amount of force either knocking it to the ground or stabbing it with eight razor sharp talons

And if that doesn't do the job peregrines have a special sharp notch on their beaks known as a toemeal tooth or killing tooth to bite through the necks of their prey

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