Closeup of an adult male Peregrine Falcon. The peregrine falcon is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. A large, crow-sized falcon, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head.
The Peregrine is one of the few Birds of Prey that prefer to catch and kill prey mid-air - a unique tomial tooth on its beak allows it to kill prey instantly. Despite its size, the Peregrine can reach speeds up to 200 mph when diving for prey.
The American kestrel (Falco sparverius), sometimes colloquially known as the sparrow hawk, is a small falcon, and the only kestrel found in the Americas. It is the most common falcon in North America, and is found in a wide variety of habitats.
Australian Kestrel or Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) is one of the smallest falcons, and unlike many, does not rely on speed to catch its prey. Instead, it simply perches in an exposed position, but it also has a distinctive technique of hovering ove
The Ornate Hawk-Eagle is a bird of prey from the tropical Americas. Like all eagles, it is in the family Accipitridae. This species is notable for its vivid colours, which differ markedly between adult and immature birds (photo from San Diego Zoo Global)