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Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)


Prairie Falcons are large, pale brown falcons with dark eyes. Brown streaks cover their white chest and the undersides of their wings. They have a distinct black malar marking, or streak, under each eye as well as dark ear patches and a white area between their eyes and ears.


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


These falcons can be found in Colorado year round.


Prairie Falcons do not build a true nest, but scrape depressions in cavities and on cliffs that have overhangs. They will typically return to the same nesting spot year after year. Females 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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