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Lanner falcon

Scientific name: Falco biarmicus


Lanner falcons are powerful birds that are built for speed. They are closely related to the fastest bird on Earth, the Peregrine falcon. Lanner falcons are also very agile birds and can change direction very quickly whilst in flight.

Falcons have long been a source of inspiration for engineers. The tiny cone in a falcon’s nostril even inspired the design of the modern jet engine!

The lanner falcon is diurnal (most active during the day). They are adept at hunting and are renowned for their ability to seize and crush birds in mid-air, before swooping down to the ground to eat the prey.

Like all falcons, lanner falcons have a tomial tooth (a small notch in their beak) which they use to dismember prey.

After mating, the female lays 3-4 eggs which are incubated for 32 days. Once hatched, chicks will fledge (leave the nest) within 1-2 months.

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  1. At Noah's Ark...

    The Lanner falcon is called Leah and frequently features in the Bird of Prey Display.

  2. We live...

    In the Wings Of Wonder enclosure, next to the Ring Tailed Lemurs.

  1. Size Fact

    Full-grown lanner falcons can weigh up to 900g.

  2. Food Fact

    Lanner falcons can hunt cooperatively, working in pairs to chase and catch prey.

  3. Fun Fact

    Unlike most birds of prey which dive on their prey, lanner falcons approach their prey horizontally.

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