Peregrine FalconScientific name: Falco peregrinus

Meaning of name: Falco is a Latin word meaning falcon. Peregrinus is a Latin word meaning wandering.

Aboriginal name: Kwetolbo (kwet’awl’bore).

Distribution: Widespread acros Australia but rare in desert areas. Also found in many other countries around the world.

Description: Up to 50cm long with a 105cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 500km. The oldest bird recorded was recovered 15 years 3.7 months after being banded (information as at 14 June 2012).

The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2 

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme