Learn About Velocity

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 20-30yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-15yrs
  • Wingspan: 2.5-4ft
  • Weight: 1-3lbs
  • Range in the Wild: every continent excluding Antarctica, mostly along coastlines and river valleys
  • Habitat in the Wild: nearly any open habitat with tall cliffs or bluffs; in urban areas they prefer skyscrapers
    • Diet in the Wild: mostly medium birds, occasionally as large as storks and ducks
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, quail
    • Gender: Female
    • Birth: 2018
    • Arrival: February 2020

Velocity arrived in February 2020 from a facility in Washington. She came in for rehabilitation after a wing injury. Her bones healed incorrectly. Velocity is still able to fly but is not able to fly well enough to survive in the wild. Velocity’s favorite food is quail and you can often spot her on her favorite perch which is the highest spot in the room. 

For her first year at Wildlife Images, Velocity was known only as her ornithological alpha code, PEFA, (pronounced pea-fuh). The public voted on 5 potential names. Her new name was revealed to be Velocity almost exactly one year after she arrived. 

Velocity was an adult when she went into human care which makes her wary of humans. She has designated trainers who work with her every day to help her feel more comfortable. With more hard work and plenty of patience, Velocity will become glove trained.