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Prairie Falcon — Species Information

Prairie Falcon by C. Allen Morgan
Prairie Falcon - © C. Allen Morgan

Prairie falcons are known for possessing rather irascible personalities. Despite their small size, they have been documented driving away owls and eagles from their nesting locations, sometimes resulting in the death of the eagle or owl.

Fun Facts!

A falcon adapted to arid landscapes, it is from the fringes of the great plains to the west coast

Like other falcons, prairie falcons nest in crevices, pot holes, and embankments on cliffs, making a "scrape" rather than a stick nest

In many areas, the prairie falcon changes its diet seasonally. In the spring and summer, they focus on rodent and reptile prey, whereas in the fall and winter they feed primarily on avian prey