Peregrine Falcons are known for their amazing flying skills, they can
fly more than 300 kilometres per hour. It could be faster than the small
aeroplanes. They use that speed to catch their prey. They kill their
prey by swooping from above and grasp it with their talons or strike it
with their foot so that it falls to the ground.
Peregrine falcons can be found in many countries all over the world. It
has been known that they were trained for 'falconry'. The birds were
taught to hunt and kill prey or their owners, who were often kings or
noblemen. It is possible that the number of birds caught for falconry
may have threatened their survival.
In Australia, falconry is not the the usual cause for for the birds to
become uncommon in many areas. Many people believed that a bird like
Peregrine falcons which can live in different areas along countryside
would be able to find a home suitable for them.
However, some chemicals being used to kill insect pests become part of
the food web. Their prey in some instance have chemicals inside their
body that can cause harm and threatened the survival of Peregrine
Falcons. It is always important that we should be aware of the chemicals
we use so that we can protect these wonderful speedsters.