Please note: Due to our annual wine-tasting event, Uncorked, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. General admission tickets will be sold through 3:30 p.m.


Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

Peregrinefalcon Gallery

About the Peregrine Falcon


Class: Aves  
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae  
Genus: Falco  
Species: peregrinus

Weight: 1to 2.5 pounds
Length: 15 to 19 inches
Wingspan: 38 to 46 inches

Small to medium sized birds.

Found on every continent except Antarctica. They inhabit open areas with high cliffs near water.

Median Life Expectancy:
Up to 20 years in the wild, 28 years in captivity.

Fun Fact:
Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals in the world; they can fly as fast as 200 miles per hour when in pursuit of prey.