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Birds of North America

Fierce Falcons

Most people think the cheetah is the fastest animal in the world. These big cats can run at 105 km/h.

Certainly cheetahs are the fastest animals on land, but the peregrine falcon can move much faster. It is the fastest animal on Earth!

Monday, 25 July, 2011, 12:00am

Survival of the fittest is only natural

If you go to Spain, don't be surprised if you see men on motor boats armed with guns. Just make sure you're not surrounded by ducks, otherwise, if they miss . . .

We're just joking, but the Spanish government is actually considering hiring men to kill ruddy ducks.

21 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Designer living planned for peregrine falcons

'Luxury' nests will be built under a government plan to make homes for peregrine falcons at Shek O quarry. The nests will be made to measure and carpeted with soft soil and turf.

Civil Engineering Department contractor Pioneer Quarries (Hong Kong), which manages the quarry, is to restore the site free of charge as part of its contract.

15 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Marking technique sheds light on birds' migratory routes

It is well-known that some birds migrate for winter but where they went was a mystery for centuries.

Some scientists even thought that birds hibernated.

2 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Recovery follows pesticide ban

The peregrine falcon was among several birds that were nearly poisoned to extinction by the pesticide DDT. They started to recover after the chemical was banned in 1972.

22 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Scientists discover birds of a feather fail to speak together

Communication is important to maintain social order among animals.

People are certainly the most talkative of animals, with a spoken vocabulary of more than 40,000 words, but we are not the only creatures which can talk.

Many species have their own language and use it to call their young, warn others of danger or attract a mate.

7 Sep 1999 - 12:00am