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Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon
Photo Information
Copyright: Ali Golshan (golshan) (99)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon AE-1, Canon FD200 1:4.0 ss, Konica Chrome 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-25 14:02
Viewed: 4494
Points: 1
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  • Okan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 57 N: 68] (518)
  • [2005-06-27 3:20]

Hello Ali, I think that this is not a peregrine falcon. It is looking like a Lanner (falco biarmicus) because of its pale face, long and pointed moustache, light reddish nape and longer tail comparing with the tip of the wing.
The pose is a bit overposed, all the best.

  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2005-09-06 9:20]

It's probably a juvenile Barbary Falcon or Red-naped Shaheen (but see below). There is still some dispute as to whether this deserves the fully specific name Falco pelegrinoides or is just a desert-adapted race of the Peregrine (F. peregrinus).

Pale, sandy colouration and comparatively narrow malar stripe are diagnostic of pelegrinoides, but given the overexposure, this bird could possibly be a pale specimen of Falco peregrinus brookei, which is intermediate between the "normal" peregrine forms and the Shahin/Barbary types.

Both Falco peregrinus brookei and F. pelegrinoides have reddish colouration on the head and neck, as do some juvenile nominate race Peregrines (but to a lesser degree).

It seems to have some aviary wire damage to its cere (or perhaps has avian pox).

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