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Prairie Falcon

Falco mexicanus

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Large, brown-and-white falcon of dry, open areas in the western North America. Pale brown above and white below, with dark streaks and prominent mustache. Note the dark armpits to separate from Peregrine Falcon. Nests on cliffs, but ranges out over nearby grasslands and deserts when hunting. Feeds mainly on small rodents and birds.

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