Slate the Peregrine Falcon
Slate, a captive bred Peregrine Falcon, came to the Mountsberg Raptor Centre in 2012 living with the effects of human imprinting. Birds that have been human imprinted, lose their ability to hunt and care for themselves in the wild.
The Peregrine Falcon
• Favourite Snacks: Peregrines catch their prey while flying, so they hunt songbirds, ducks and even occasionally bats!
• Special Talents: Peregrine Falcons have an incredible homing instinct. Even though their name means “wanderer”, some nesting sites have been in continuous use for hundreds of years, occupied by successive generations of falcons.
• History: Peregrine populations were in steep decline during the mid-20th century, and in North America these beautiful falcons became an endangered species. The birds have rebounded strongly since the use of DDT and other chemical pesticides was curtailed.