Story: Birds of prey

Falcon and chicks

Falcon and chicks

The female falcon breaks food into pieces for her chicks. Here they are eating the leg of a small bird. Nests may be high on bluffs, tucked into a rock for shelter, or high in a tree. In open country falcons may nest on the ground. In each case they have a clear view of potential intruders. The nearby area is well defended – nesting falcons sometimes dive-bomb people and can cause head injuries.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Birds of prey - New Zealand falcon', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015