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||Captive-breeding, peregrines, quail, rips, far-away, peregrine, mid-air, raptor, wingspan, bridges, skyscraper, stays, single, bats, depend, simple
||New York, Since DDT, United States, Endangered Species List, South America
By Cindy Grigg
1 Peregrine falcons are a kind of bird called a raptor. They are sometimes called birds of prey. These birds hunt other animals for food. They have sharp claws or talons on their feet. Their prey is usually smaller birds like pigeons, quail, or songbirds. They sometimes eat bats and rodents, too.
2 When a peregrine spots its prey, it dives toward it at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. The peregrine snatches its prey in mid-air. Then it flies to a rocky cliff. It then kills and rips apart its meal.
3 The normal habitat for peregrine falcons is a place with high cliffs above open country. Today you may also see peregrines in cities like Cleveland, New York, Ottawa, and Toronto. Some peregrines have adapted to living on the artificial "cliffs" of skyscrapers.
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