In the animal kingdom, size and weight are part of strength. Animals with large size and weight are often able to bully the weak, but there are also some special cases in nature. With their excellent fighting power, they often complete the feat of defeating animals stronger than themselves.
Today I will introduce a kind of raptor, the peregrine falcon, which is not very big in the raptor world. However, its combat power cannot be underestimated, and it can even hunt and kill all kinds of large-scale raptors, and it is very brave and good at fighting.
The peregrine falcon is a bird with a worldwide distribution. The size of the peregrine falcon is considered to be medium among raptors, with a body length of about 38-50 cm, a wingspan of about one meter, and a weight of about 647-825 grams. The head to the back of the neck is gray-black, the rest of the upper body is blue-gray, the upper chest has black fine spots, and the lower chest to the lower tail coverts are densely covered with black horizontal spots.
Peregrine falcons do not have strict habitat requirements. Mountains, deserts, coasts, wilderness, grasslands, rivers, swamps, and lakeside areas can provide peregrine falcons to live.
Among the birds, the peregrine falcon has a medium stature, but has a pair of wings of exaggerated length. Of course, it is also these large wings that give it an unparalleled flying ability. As long as the prey is targeted by the peregrine falcon, it is almost impossible to escape.
Moreover, peregrine falcons have strong bodies and can withstand 25 times the gravity of their body weight. With a powerful "air combat weapon", the peregrine falcon's aerial hunting is perfect and amazing! When it finds the prey, it will take off suddenly, catch up at high speed, and quickly stretch out its strong feet to slam the head or back of the prey. The study found that the peregrine falcon's blow is not trivial, and it can knock off the head of a pigeon or a crow. What's even more terrifying is that someone has seen it hit the back of the heron with its palm, instantly punching a hole the size of an egg. This shows how powerful the peregrine falcon is.
At the same time, the peregrine falcon has the fastest flight speed and diving speed known to birds in nature. Its horizontal flight speed can easily reach 140 kilometers per hour, and the diving speed is more than 300 kilometers per hour. An American pilot once witnessed a peregrine falcon easily overtake his piston-engined aircraft in a dive.
The speed of the peregrine falcon flying horizontally in the air is not particularly outstanding, but the speed at which it swoops down from a high altitude is really unmatched by birds. If there is a hunting competition in the raptor world, who will win the championship?