No one can deny that falcon is on the top of the pyramid of avian hunters. They have sharp eyesight which can- effectively- spot and chases its prey.
Here are some fun facts about falcons I bet you never knew.
1 Falcon’s speed:
Falcons are said to be extremely fast. The Peregrine falcons are said to be the fastest. They are able to reach up to 242 miles per hour. This makes them conquer the first rank of the fastest animals ever! Their physical appearance is what made them able to reach this unprecedented speed. They have pointed wings as well as aerodynamic torsos.
Additionally, their cardiovascular and respiratory system helps them have the speed without getting tired easily.
2. Falcons and humans
For thousands of years, people have used and trained falcons to hunt other small animals. This can clearly be seen in the depictions of the sport of falconry from the middle Ages or the Renaissance. However, it goes far before that. Around 3500 years ago falconry was wide-spread in ancient Mesopotamia and Mongolia. Only the male elite dominated this activity, some females were part of this activity also. Queen Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great of Russia and Mary, Queen of Scots are significant female figures who enjoyed falconry.
Falconry still has a huge impact worldwide. It has its fans and elite who are in love with this expensive activity. An international association of falconry has more than 60,000 members worldwide.
3. Mating for life
Yet another surprising fact about falcons is that they mate for life. A falcon is very loyal and devoted to one partner for life. However, falcons don’t act as married couples.
Despite the fact that they have one partner for life, they don’t spend all their years around their partners. They live their life alone as hunters.
4. Outstanding eyesight
Scientists believe that a falcon’s eyesight is eight times better than that of humans. This sharp enables them to notice their preys two miles away. They then –using their lightning speed- fly down to precisely snatch them. Darwin’s theory of evolution is very true when it comes to falcons.
They have a translucent eyelid that enables them to see through it while maintaining utmost protection for the eye. What’s more, there is a protective ridge right above a falcon’s eye to shield it from the direct harmful sun rays.
5. Easily to please eaters:
Falcons are known not to be picky when it comes to the food they eat. They don’t prefer a species over another.
They hunt more than thousands of animals. This makes them liable to living in tough conditions like deserts.
6. Extinction in North Carolina
The peregrine falcon was starting to face extinction in North Carolina. This is due to the accumulation of harmful chemicals which yielded in weak offsprings.
7. Not only for the elite to play with:
Falcons are also heavy-duty birds; they travel for 15,500 miles in search of food or a mate.
8. Falcons have teeth
Falcons don’t only depend on their claws to injure animals. They have a set of teeth on the beginning of their beaks. Its teeth are so sharp, with one swift move they can easily injure their prey.
9. A football team
A football team in new Atlanta wanted suggestions for their title. One of their teachers suggested that they use the name “falcons”. The reason behind choosing this name is to compare the team to the mighty falcons when it comes to them during hunting. They are strong and fearless. Also, when they hold their preys they don’t let them go without a fierce fight.