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Frequently Asked Questions about Peregrine Falcons

Q: How large is an adult falcon?

A: The female falcon reaches a size of 20 inches from head to tail. Male falcons, which are smaller, reach a size of 17 inches.

Q: Can I visit a nesting site or watch Christopher do the banding?

A: Peregrine nests cannot be visited. We do not release the specific locations of falcon nests to protect both the public and the falcon families. Falcon couples mate for life and generally do so in the same nest each year, so we try to respect the falcons' nesting privacy. Instead, we recommend looking for falcons flying to or from their nests by using binoculars or a spotting scope. Some site where peregrines nest include:

Wall Street, east of Broadway
The Met Life Building
Various area bridges


Q: How long do falcons live?

A: We have tracked falcons living in the City for over 10 years. Falcons living in captivity that are bred by falconers can live for upwards of 20 years.


Q: What do I do if I find an injured falcon?

A: If you find an injured or deceased falcon, please call the NY Department of Environmental Conservation at (718) 482-4922 or the Endangered Species Unit at (518) 439-7635.


More Information

NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs

59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600