Peregrine Falcon

Species Name: Falco peregrinus


Species Distribution in Massachusetts


Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Endangered

Habitat Description

Historically found on rocky cliffs, but now they are most frequently found on man-made structures such as buildings and bridges. Will reuse nests of other birds or simply lay eggs on bare steel because they do not build their own, but nest failure is often high at these sites.

Threats to Survival

Historically, DDT wiped out all but one nesting population of the species east of the Mississippi river until it was banned in 1972.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Active management and providing suitable nesting spots in rocky cliffs or on man-made structures.