Falcons, California Condors, and Bald Eagles


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  • The Peregrine Falcon, California Condor and Bald Eagle are all large birds that are carnivores (meat eaters). Although they are powerful birds, at some point they were all endangered. The California Condor is still an endangered species – you can see quite a few of them flying around the Grand Canyon National Park, among other places.
  • These birds are incredible at flying due to the construction of their body and wings.
  • There are many kinds of falcons, such as Peregrine Falcons, Brown Falcons, Lanner Falcons but the most common one is the Peregrine Falcon which is also the fastest moving creature on earth as it can dive at the speed of 200 miles per hour, faster than most “bullet trains”.
  • Peregrine Falcons can be found on all continents (except Antarctica) and they wander far and wide when they are not nesting. But their homing sense is so strong that they always find their way back to where they originally live. Can you find your way home from school? What are the names of the roads you take? Look out for them the next time you are out and see if you can recite the directions from memory.
  • Bald Eagles are not bald. They have white feathers on their head. Their wing span is 6 to 8 feet which mean the measurement from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other wing is more than the height of most adults.
  • Bald Eagles have huge and very strong nests which can be 6 to 9 feet wide and weigh several tons. They only build one nest in their entire lives.
  • Eagles usually hunt fish or small mammals with their talons but they also eat the flesh of dead animals (scavengers).
  • California Condors are the largest flying bird in North America with a wing span of about 9 to 10 feet.
  • California condors can glide on air currents and soar as high as 15,000 feet in the air. That is about half the cruising altitude of most passenger jetliners.
  • California Condors are scavengers.



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