Rare in the mountains (Simpson 1992). Hacked birds and their decendants breed sporadically at high elevation (Hamel 1992).|
Generally breeds where suitable nesting cliffs along with a combination of forests and large fields, marshes, or water are present (Hamel 1992). Occasionally inhabits cities, nesting on ledges, feeding on pigeons (Kaufman
Peregrines forages over open areas, and at times in or near forests (Hamel 1992).
NATURE SERVE GLOBAL HABITAT COMMENTS:
Various open situations from tundra, moorlands, steppe, and seacoasts, especially where there are suitable nesting cliffs, to mountains, open forested regions, and human population centers (AOU 1983).
When not breeding, occurs in areas where prey concentrate, including farmlands, marshes, lakeshores, river mouths, tidal flats, dunes and beaches, broad river valleys, cities, and airports.
Often nests on ledge or hole on face of rocky cliff or crag. River banks, tundra mounds, open bogs, large stick nests of other species, tree hollows, and man-made
structures (e.g., ledges of city buildings) are used locally (Cade 1982). Nests typically are situated on ledges of vertical rocky cliffs, commonly with a sheltering overhang (Palmer 1988, Campbell et al 1990). Tundra populations nests typically on rocky cliffs, bluffs, or dirt banks. Ideal locations include undisturbed areas with a wide view, near water, and close to
plentiful prey. Substitute man-made sites include tall buildings, bridges, rock quarries, and raised platforms.
See Grebence and White (1989) for information on nesting along the Colorado River system.
NATURE SERVE STATE HABITAT COMMENTS:
All known territories in NC are centered on large vertical cliffs. The smallest cliffs used to date by
re-established peregrines are about 30 m height by 300 m length. Wintering birds occur in Piedmont cities. The breeding population may well expand to these habitats.
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