Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon - Martin Batt

Where and when to see: Seen around the island on the coastal path between April and September

Latin name: Falco peregrinus

Due to variables such as wind speed and dive length the exact top speed is unknown, but it is widely accepted that the Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird of prey in Europe, reaching speeds of up to 200mph. The female is 46-51cm long and has a wingspan of 104-113cm, which is about 10cm larger than the male in both measurements. They have a barred white underside and a slate-grey to blue-grey head, back and wings. They have a recognizable dark ‘moustache’ that starts at the corners of their yellow beak and goes down towards their neck.

Status in Alderney: Rare Breeder

Status in UK (RSPB Criteria): Green

Worldwide Status (IUCN Red List and Population Trend): Least Concern; Stable