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Falcons

Falcons are fastest birds, with the Peregrine Falcon being the fastest animal in the world.  The term falcon comes from the latin work 'falco' meaning scimitar-shaped.  This refers to the long narrow shape of their wings.  The wings which are swept back from their body enables their speed.  Most Falcons also have a notch in their upper beak.  They use this notch to administer a final blow to their prey.  There are 54 species of Falcon.  4 of these are found in Illinois.  

 

The 4 species of Falcon found in Illinois Include:

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