The Falconidae

The Falconidae

The Falconidae

Represented in Europe by 10 species out of 60 spread all around the world, falcons are distinguished by their powerful, angled, long and slender wings. The beak; distinctively short, has a characteristic of “tooth” on the upper mandible. The eyes are brown or turning to be darker for some. In addition, many species have eyes on the cheek level. Finally, the paws are armed with long, slender fingers ending by sharp talons.

Many hawks feed on birds, which they catch during their flights, either after a lightning dive or after a frenzied pursuit near to the ground level. Unlike other raptors, falcons do not build nests. They settle on the ground, in unreachable rocks or in abandoned nests.

A final word

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