The hawk, an imposing bird

Today we inform you about a bird of prey that integrates the family of falconids and that stands out for its infallible vision, which allows you to detect its prey even at great distances. This is the hawk, an effective and fast hunter .

Some details about this bird of prey

With more than 40 species - so it presents great variety of sizes and colors- this animal inhabits the entire planet, with the exception of Antarctica .

Among the physical features of the falcon we can point out :

  • Present between 25 and 60 centimeters in length , according to the species. The females are somewhat larger than the males.
  • Sturdy body with aerodynamic shape , which facilitates the movement in the air.
  • Wings thin, flexible and conical , which give it great agility and make it possible to change direction quickly.
  • Powerful and sharp claws , ideal for catching prey.
  • Thick, strong and curved beak , to tear off the animals you hunt.

Learn details about the falcon, a bird of prey with a very developed vision and that stands out as an accurate and fast hunter .

The great vision of the falcon

As we have already said, this bird has a very developed sense of sight; on average, more than two and a half times that of humans . So you can detect your prey at great distances.

Vision of the hawk

This particularity has generated, even, a famous personage of the cartoon as it is Hawkeye (Eye of hawk), a superhero that excels like eximio arquero.

With the same name also James Fenimore Cooper mentioned the protagonist of his novel The Last Mohican , for his ability to hit the target, even from far away, with his rifle.

An accurate and fast hunter

Once the falcon detects its prey from the air, it is launched at high speed and with enviable precision.

Under these circumstances, some species are particularly fast and fly over 200 species. km/h trong>. But the peregrine falcon exceeds 300 km/h and is considered the fastest of the animal kingdom.

It feeds mainly on small animals . Among them:

  • Rodents
  • Birds
  • Frogs
  • Fish
  • Snakes

More details on the hawk

Daytime habits and, usually, lonely, only meet in times of reproduction . Build your nest in high places, either in mountains, cliffs or in the tops of large trees. This way it seeks to defend the offspring of predators.

Falcon: falconry

The falcon reaches sexual maturity at the age of one year. The female usually lays about three eggs and takes care of her children for about 90 days, at which time the young begin to fend for themselves.

With a life expectancy of about 15 years in the wild, can reach two decades in captivity , where it is used, especially for falconry.

And yes, again man It is one of its main predators. Also the wolves . On the other hand, eagles and owls can hunt small species of hawks or very young specimens.