Solo’s egg, along with two others, was laid in a nest in Clayton, Missouri. Before the eggs were hatched the female falcon suffered a severe wing injury. Sadly, she did not survive. The World Bird Sanctuary rescued the three eggs from the nest and hatched all three in one of our incubators. One baby had significant birth defects and did not survive. The second baby was placed in the nest of another wild pair and was fostered by them. When Solo was hatched it was apparent that he also had birth defects of the beak and right foot that would prevent him from being released into the wild. It was decided to keep Solo as an education bird, and he will be monitored closely for any health problems associated with his birth defects. He will be one of our special needs birds. Since he is a very young bird, Solo’s juvenile plumage is now a lovely mahogany color. As he matures and loses these feathers through molting they will be replaced by the signature grey feathers of his species. Solo has quickly demonstrated that he is a fast learner and has begun his career as an education bird by appearing in two education programs at the tender age of four months. Your adoption donation will help to defray the costs of food, housing and care for this plucky survivor.


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Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

Description large falcon; short tail; pointed wing tips; slate-gray above; black helmet on head; whitish neck; buff beneath; lightly barred breast; wing tips almost reach tail tip when perched; regional variations exist (very dark in the northwest to pale in the north
Sex females have more brown than males
Age juveniles are a dark buff color with heavy streaking underneath
Length 16-20"
Wingspan 3-3.7"
Weight 1.6 lbs.
Habitat open country, cliffs, cities
Status once found across all of North America until pesticides such as DDT eliminated eastern populations, almost to extinction; pesticide banning and captive-breeding programs have helped with their recovery; seen year-round in the US, but uncommon to rare in the winter
Behavior don't build nests; lay 2-4 reddish, darker flecked eggs in cliff hollows; bare rocky outcrops, bridges or tall building ledges; 28 day incubation period by both parents; chicks leave the nest at 5-6 weeks; hunts by flying very fast and making dramatic swoops to catch prey in midair
Diet small birds, large insects, small mammals
Vocalization rapid "kek kek kek kek", repeated "we chew" at nest
Other Information - World Bird Sanctuary's reintroduction program put over 300 peregrines back into Missouri's wild - Peregrines are the fastest animals on earth and have been clocked diving at 287 mph - Three subspecies exist: pacific (Peale's), tundra and the interior west