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Peregrine Falcon Life Cycle: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Kristin Pia Hayman

Kristin taught for over 10 years in the elementary classroom. She holds a B.A. in Journalism as well as a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

The life cycle of a peregrine falcon is similar to that of other birds. Learn more about the changes a falcon goes through in all stages of life including birth, growth, and reproduction, in this lesson.

The Life Cycle

Which came first - the bird or the egg? You may have heard this age-old question before. Well, the life of a bird goes in a cycle from egg to baby to adult, and then back to an egg to make a new generation of birds. This life cycle is a series of changes that all living things go through as they grow. The main stages in the falcon's life cycle are birth, growth, and reproduction.

The peregrine falcon is no exception to this rule. Peregrine falcons are birds of prey, or birds that hunt other animals. They live all over the world in many different habitats. Peregrines have a life cycle similar to other birds, especially other falcons.

The peregrine falcon
falcon

The Birth of a Peregrine Falcon

Let's look at the steps of a peregrine's life cycle, starting with birth. Female peregrines lay 3-4 brownish eggs in either a simple nest in the ground, on a high cliff, or even sometimes on tall buildings and bridges.

The mother and father falcon return to the same area each year to lay their eggs. Both parents take turns sitting on the eggs to keep them warm and in about a month, the chicks hatch! It takes another month or so for the chicks to grow feathers and learn to fly, but they don't leave their parents until they are ready to hunt on their own.

Falcon chicks are born after about a month
falcon

A Growing Bird

In order to grow into adults, these falcons must eat! Believe it or not, they only eat other animals. Peregrines make their meals from other small birds, ducks, insects, reptiles, and small mammals. Peregrines are excellent hunters and can swoop down from high distances to capture their prey with their sharp talons.

Many peregrine falcons migrate south for the winter. This means that they travel and stay in southern parts of the world so they can make their habitat in warmer weather during the winter. Warmer weather means that they are traveling somewhere that has more food, too.

Peregrine falcons make their nests in many areas
falcon

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