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Falcons are streamlined birds with pointed wings and medium-long tails, which allow them to reach speeds near 200 mph when power-diving onto prey. They range in size from the 9- to 12-inch-tall kestrel to the 15- to the 20-inch-tall peregrine falcon. Falcons prey mainly on birds but also hunt insects, small rodents and bats. The state-threatened peregrine falcon and merlin are considered migrants in Winnebago County. The American kestrel is a year-long resident, but its numbers are declining.

American Kestrel

(Falco sparverius)


(Falco columbarius)

Peregrine Falcon

(Falco peregrines)