Falcons are birds of prey (raptors) that are related to hawks and eagles. They have long, pointed wings; a medium to long tail; a short neck; and a short, hooked beak. They can be 6 to 25 inches long and weigh up to 4 pounds.

Species of falcon include kestrels, caracaras, hobbies, falconets, and merlins.

Strong, fast fliers, falcons strike or grab their prey with sharp claws. Most eat birds, reptiles, and small mammals. Some, however, only eat insects or carrion.

Several species of falcons are endangered.

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American Kestrel
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] The Carolina Raptor Center tells about North America's smallest falcon, where they build their nests, how they hunt, and why their beak is different.
American Kestrel
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Learn what they eat, how they hunt, how they pick a mate, where they make their nests, and where they prefer to live. From Texas Parks and Wildlife.
American Peregrine Falcon
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Color photograph and information about the appearance, size, diet, habitat, and life span of the peregrine falcon.
Carolina Raptor Center - Merlin
[ Kids/Teens ] Features taxonomy, flight, voice and habitat, distribution, and food.
Critter Corner: Peregrine Falcon
[ Kids/Teens ] Contains facts about the peregrine falcon such as appearance and why their numbers are declining.
Falcon
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Learn about all the species of falcon, where they live, what they eat, how fast they can fly, and why many are endangered.
Gyrfalcon
[ Kids/Teens ] Explains the cold areas where this raptor lives, what they eat, how they hunt, and interesting facts. See photos and take a quiz from The Peregrine Fund.
Hobby
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Learn about where it lives, what it eats and when to see it in the UK. Listen to an audio of its call from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Mauritius Kestrel
[ Kids/Teens ] Tells about this raptor that lives only in one place, what it eats, where it got its name, and why it is endangered. See photos and take a quiz. From The Peregrine Fund.
Merlin
[ Kids/Teens ] Find out the many places this falcon lives, what it eats, how it hunts, and interesting facts. See photos and take a quiz. From The Peregrine Fund.
Nankeen Kestrel
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Fact file covers description, range, habitat, status, glossary and references.
Northern Aplomado Falcon
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Texas Parks and Wildlife explains their history, habitat, threats and reasons for decline, and what is being done to help their recovery. [PDF]
Peregrine Falcon
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Explains how to identify them, their habitat and diet, how they hunt, why they are endangered, and what can be done to help.
Teita Falcon
[ Kids/Teens ] The Peregrine Fund tells about this African falcon, where it nests, what it eats, and how it got its name. See photos and take a quiz.
Wingspan: New Zealand Falcon
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Find out why this raptor is threatened, what they sound like, how fast they fly, and where they build their nests.
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