Shaheen Falcon with Rose-ringed Parakeet Kill, Nilgiris

Submitted by Prakash Ramakrishnan
Prakash Ramakrishnan

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The Shaheen falcon can reach an astounding 300 kmph or more during its hunting 'stoop', making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom.

The Shaheen Falcon (Falco peregrinus peregrinator) also known as the Indian Peregrine Falcon is a subspecies of the Peregrine Falcon, the fastest member of the animal kingdom. The Shaheen is non-migratory and predominantly feeds on small and sometimes, medium-sized birds. It is famous for its characteristic style of hunting, called the ‘stoop’ – the bird does a high speed dive from a great height and strikes its prey at a high speed. It is known to reach speeds of over 300 kmph! Here is a National Geographic reference of skydivers having tested Peregrine speeds.

In this image, we can see the Shaheen Falcon sitting with its kill, a Rose-ringed Parakeet.

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