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That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

Nest boxes simulate tree cavities.

Some birds that nest in tree cavities will also nest inside wood nest boxes if they are the right size.

Some birds that nest on tree branches, cliffs, and rock ledges will also nest on wood platforms.

Birds like birdhouses to be in their favorite places.

 

See each species page for habits, geographic ranges and optimum locations and placement.

 

Some bird species are more easily attracted to bird houses than other bird species.

 

More than 70 North American bird species live in nest boxes or on platforms.

See which birds live near you. Learn about those birds and how to make birdhouses for them.

 

Peregrine Falcon

(Duck Hawk)

Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Falco
Species: peregrinus

Gr. phalkon falcon
La. falcula, falcis small sickle (refers to talons)
La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. pereginus foreigner, stranger, wandering

Painting of a peregrine falcon pair perched high on rock outcroppings.

About 18 inches long. Dark bluish-gray upper parts, head, and facial markings. Off white under neck and breast, barred underside, banded wings and tail. Pointed wings. Females larger than males.

North American peregrine falcons range from Greenland south through Canada and Alaska, into the continental United States, through Mexico, and into South America.

Except for polar regions, peregrine falcons range worldwide. North American peregrine falcons range from Greenland south through Canada and Alaska, into the continental United States, through Mexico, and into South America.

Peregrines range beyond some of the areas in the above range map which is based on population studies spanning several decades of the peregrine’s recovery.

Peregrine falcons feed during daylight hours mostly on medium size birds. They attack their prey in the air, often diving at speeds more than one hundred miles per hour. They will also feed on rodents, small reptiles and insects.

In the wild, they have generally nested on high cliff edges usually under some kind of overhang. They scrape out an area but add no nesting materials.

Females usually lay three to five eggs which hatch after about a month and young fly in about one and one half months.

In recent times increasing numbers of peregrines nest on tall buildings, bridges and other structures in cities, some being aided with box enclosures and monitoring, but these birds are highly regulated and one must be aware of local, state and federal regulations.

Painting of peregrine falcon pair and their offspring in their cliff edge nest.

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Peregrine Falcon

(Duck Hawk)

Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Falco
Species: peregrinus

Gr. phalkon falcon
La. falcula, falcis small sickle (refers to talons)
La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. pereginus foreigner, stranger, wandering

Painting of a peregrine falcon pair perched high on rock outcroppings.

About 18 inches long. Dark bluish-gray upper parts, head, and facial markings. Off white under neck and breast, barred underside, banded wings and tail. Pointed wings. Females larger than males.

North American peregrine falcons range from Greenland south through Canada and Alaska, into the continental United States, through Mexico, and into South America.

Except for polar regions, peregrine falcons range worldwide. North American peregrine falcons range from Greenland south through Canada and Alaska, into the continental United States, through Mexico, and into South America.

Peregrines range beyond some of the areas in the above range map which is based on population studies spanning several decades of the peregrine’s recovery.

Peregrine falcons feed during daylight hours mostly on medium size birds. They attack their prey in the air, often diving at speeds more than one hundred miles per hour. They will also feed on rodents, small reptiles and insects.

In the wild, they have generally nested on high cliff edges usually under some kind of overhang. They scrape out an area but add no nesting materials.

Females usually lay three to five eggs which hatch after about a month and young fly in about one and one half months.

In recent times, increasing numbers of peregrines nest on tall buildings, bridges and other structures in cities, some being aided with box enclosures and monitoring, but these birds are highly regulated and one must be aware of local, state and federal regulations.

Painting of peregrine falcon parents and young in their high rock outcropping nest.

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Painting of a peregrine falcon pair perched high on rock outcroppings.

(Duck Hawk)

Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Falco
Species: peregrinus

Gr. phalkon falcon
La. falcula, falcis small sickle (refers to talons)
La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. pereginus foreigner, stranger, wandering

About 18 inches long. Dark bluish-gray upper parts, head, and facial markings. Off white under neck and breast, barred underside, banded wings and tail. Pointed wings. Females larger than males.

North American peregrine falcons range from Greenland south through Canada and Alaska, into the continental United States, through Mexico, and into South America.

Except for polar regions, peregrine falcons range worldwide. North American peregrine falcons range from Greenland south through Canada and Alaska, into the continental United States, through Mexico, and into South America.

Peregrines range beyond some of the areas in the above range map which is based on population studies spanning several decades of the peregrine’s recovery.

Painting of peregrine falcon parents and young in their high rock outcropping nest.

Peregrine falcons feed during daylight hours mostly on medium size birds. They attack their prey in the air, often diving at speeds more than one hundred miles per hour. They will also feed on rodents, small reptiles and insects.

In the wild, they have generally nested on high cliff edges usually under some kind of overhang. They scrape out an area but add no nesting materials.

Females usually lay three to five eggs which hatch after about a month and young fly in about one and one half months.

In recent times, increasing numbers of peregrines nest on tall buildings, bridges and other structures in cities, some being aided with box enclosures and monitoring, but these birds are highly regulated and one must be aware of local, state and federal regulations.

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