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Falcon
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Falcon

Falcons
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family:Falconidae
Genus:Falco
Species
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A Falcon is any of several species of bird of the genus Falco, such as the Peregrine Falcon which are raptors or 'birds of prey'.

Table of contents
1 Overview
2 Species
3 Other meanings

Overview

Falcons have thin, pointed wings, which allow them to dive at extremely high speeds. (Peregrine Falcons, the fastest animals on Earth, are said to have reached speeds of up to 200 mph.)

Other falcons include the Gyrfalcon, Lanner Falcon, and the Merlin. Some small falcons with long, narrow wings are called hobbies.

The technique of hunting with captive birds of prey is known as falconry.

The falcons are part of the family Falconidae, which also includes the caracaras, Laughing Falcon, forest falcons, and falconets.

Species


Other meanings