Speaking of falconry, an activity available for you to participate in at Dromoland Castle, here are a few fun facts about our feathered friends:
- Falcons can grow up to 58 cm tall and have a wingspan of up to 120 cm. Females are about 20% larger than males.
- Peregrine Falcons are the fastest animals in the world, reaching speeds of over 300 kph when diving for their prey.
- They use their incredible speed to catch a wide variety of other birds, especially pigeons and doves. Some scientists believe that they can catch up to 2,000 different species of birds, which is 1 in 5 species globally! They also will catch small mammals, lizards and insects.
- They build their nests in cliffs, ledges, tall buildings, and in tree hollows. They lay between 1-6 eggs each year.
- Peregrine Falcons are one of the most widely distributed birds in the world and can be found in a wide range of habitats on every continent, except Antarctica. Their numbers dropped in many places due to the use of pesticides by farmers. Fortunately, since these poisons have been banned, their numbers have increased again.
Thanks to Hayden’s Animal Facts for the falcon info.