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Prairie Falcon

Falco mexicanus
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Length: 20 in. (50 cm )
Typically found in open habitats of desert, grasslands, meadows and agricultural fields, it is most often seen sitting on top of a tall telephone pole or an isolated tree. This large falcon hunts mainly for small mammals and small to medium-sized birds, but it will also take reptiles and large grasshoppers. It forages by flying over the prey and stooping down on them and also by diving from its high isolated perch. The nest is located on a high cliff ledge or rock crevice over open habitat.

The four-digit banding code is PRFA.

Male | Jim Burns


Cliffs / boulders



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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Prairie Falcon
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: July 15, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/prairie-falcon

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Prairie Falcon. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved July 15, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/prairie-falcon

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Prairie Falcon". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/prairie-falcon

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Dr. Biology. "Prairie Falcon". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 15 Jul 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/prairie-falcon

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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