Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – F is for Falcon

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I’m joining in the Blogging Through the Alphabet series with Through the Calm and Through the Storm as well as Adventures with Jude. I will be having animals as my theme.

Here are my past posts in case you missed them:

A for Aardvark    B for Badger    C for Capybara    D for Dodo    E for Eagles

Today we will discuss FALCONS as I was curious what the difference is between them and my previous of eagles. So, here we go…

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Falcons are found all over the world but do prefer the more temperate of the Northern Hemisphere.

They have been clocked at diving up to 200mph which makes them the fastest creatures alive!

There are more than 30 different species of falcon that can be found all around the world such as the peregrine falcon and the black falcon. Falcons vary in size from 6 inches tall to more than 24 inches.

Falcons have plumes called “flags” on their legs and a notch in the beak that is well developed in the genus Falco to form a “tooth.”

Falcons hunt all kinds of small animals like mice, frogs, fish and falcons will even catch small birds in the air.

Falcons are generally solitary birds and only really come together to mate. Although falcons are known to stay in the same place, many species of falcon are migratory birds and have been known to travel more than 15,000 miles per year.

Falcons commonly nest in holes in trees or on natural ledges on cliffs. The eggs are usually four or five in number and off white in color, speckled and blotched with reddish brown. The incubation period is about 28 to 35 days, and the young are cared for in the nest for as long as 35 days.

So here are some differences between eagles and falcons:

  • Eagles catch their prey by grabbing and then crushing it with its talons. Falcons dive and hit the prey suddenly giving the prey a surprise.
  • Falcons have tomial tooth whereas eagles do not.
  • Falcons have long, pointed wings whereas the eagles have broad, rounded wings.
  • While falcons have black or very dark brown eyes, eagles have different eye colors.
  • Eagles have a prominent eyebrow-like ridge above the eyes; falcons do not.
  • While eagles have a broad-chested body, falcons have a slim body. Unlike the falcons, the eagles are built heavy and strong.

Well, I hope you enjoyed learning about these amazing animals as much as I did! Come back next week when we cover the letter G and discuss the Giraffe.

Now go check out all the other posts of those who are joining in with Blogging Through the Alphabet. They can post this entire week so make sure to check back and see what has been added!

Enjoy the journey!

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3 thoughts on “Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – F is for Falcon

  1. Tim Schwamb December 7, 2015 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing the differences between eagles and falcons. Can’t wait to read the post on giraffes!

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  2. Chasing Slow December 8, 2015 at 10:59 am Reply

    We just saw a falcon the other day at the zoo 🙂 …and I’m looking forward to the giraffe. I’ve always loved their uniqueness!

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  3. Charlotte December 8, 2015 at 5:33 pm Reply

    This is so fascinating! Very interesting to see the differences between falcons and eagles.

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