Why in news?
- It was the first reported sighting of the fastest bird in the world in the capital city
- Also Known as Indian Peregrine Falcon, it is the fastest bird in the world
- Peregrine falcons are usually found along mountain ranges and river valleys, but it is not unusual to find them in cities, especially in high rises where they are able to find prey like pigeons and other small birds very easily.
- They usually build their nest in the mountain cliffs, which also serve as ambush points for them to wait for the prey and launch the aerial assault after spotting the same.
- The distinguishing mark that separates Shaheen Falcons from Peregrine is the white color around their throats.
- The bird is usually spotted alone and Peregrine falcons are known to mate for life — like hornbills.