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Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon

(Falco mexicanus)

Description

(wingspan: 36’’-44’’) Prairie Falcons are covered in dark brown on their backs and wings. Brown streaks cover their white chest and underneath the wings. They have a narrow dark “mustache” under their eyes. Their toes are long and skinny.

Diet

Small to medium rodents, small rabbits, and small to medium sized birds make up the majority of their diet.

Migration

These falcons can be found in Colorado year round.

Breeding

Prairie Falcons do not build a true nest, they scrape depressions in cavities and on cliffs that have overhangs. They will typically return to the same nesting spot year after year. The female will lay four to five eggs per brood. The young will stay in the nest for five to six weeks before fledging.

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