Peregrine Falcon

Raptor Info

Name Violet
Species Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Hatch Date: 2021
Sex: Female
Reason Non-Releasable: Retired Falconry Bird
Weight: 1.5 lbs
Joined TRC Team: March 2024
Favorite Enrichment: Pumpkins
Fun Fact: When peregrines enter a hunting dive called a stoop, they can reach up to 200 to 240 miles per hour!

Violet came to Teton Raptor Center after retiring from a falconry propagation program in Montana. Her name comes from ultraviolet, which is a spectrum that some raptors can see in. Scientists are still debating the reason for seeing in ultraviolet light but some theories include the ability to distinguish between male and female plumage as well as greater ability to see urine and blood. Peregrine Falcons are a widespread species and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. They primarily hunt other birds in magnificent aerial pursuits.

Photo credit: TRC Staff

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