Prairie Falcon(Falco mexicanus)
A large falcon that breeds in the mountains, foothills and rocky cliffs of western North America. It preys on a variety of small birds, mammals, reptiles and insects which it hunts from a perch or in a low, rapid, searching flight and it usually captures its prey on the ground. The Prarie Falcon is more slender than the Peregrine. Adults are brown above with buff feather edging and creamy white below with dark streaking.

Photo taken 12/27/03.

This Prairie Falcon is recovering from a wing injury. A short time after it was observed that it was able to fly to the high perch in the enclosure, the Prairie Falcon was released.