Peregrine Falcon

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


  • Species Common Name Peregrine Falcon (American)
  • Species Scientific Name Falco peregrinus anatum
  • State Listing Status Sensitive


Special needs

Peregrine Falcons typically nest on rocky cliffs or manmade structures. In the Coast Range, they may use offshore rocks and islands as nest sites.

Limiting factors

Eggshell thinning caused by organochlorine pesticides (residual DDT in the environment) remains a threat. Human disturbance from recreational or other activities at nests and reduction of prey populations may also impact this species.

Conservation actions

Protect nest sites from disturbance. The federal monitoring plan (USFWS 2003, see below) provides information on management and conservation actions for this formerly federally-listed species.

Key reference or plan

USFWS Monitoring Plan for the American Peregrine Falcon