Description The Peregrine Falcon is a large falcon, with a wingspan of around 80120 cm (3147 inches) and a body length of 3450 cm (1320 in). The male and female have similar markings and plumage, but as usual in birds of prey the Peregrine Falcon displays marked sexual dimorphism in size, with the female measuring up to 30 percent larger than the male. The male weighs 570710 g (20-25 oz); the noticeably larger female weighs 9101500 g (32-53 oz). The female of the North American subspecies averages 32-34 oz (900-960 g), while the male averages 18-20 oz (500-570 g).The back and the long and pointed wings of the adult Peregrine Falcon are usually bluish black to slate grey with indistinct darker barring (see 'Subspecies' below); the wingtips are black. The underparts are white to rusty and barred with thin clean bands of dark brown or black. The tail, colored like the back but with thin clean bars, is long, narrow and rounded at the end with a black tip and a white band at the very end. The top of the head and a 'moustache' along the cheeks are black, contrasting sharply with the pale sides of the neck and white throat. The cere is yellow, as are the feet, and the beak and claws are black. The upper beak is notched near the tip, an adaptation which enables falcons to kill prey by severing the spinal column at the neck.The young bird is much browner with streaked, rather than barred, underparts, and has a pale bluish cere.
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