The national bird of Kuwait is Falcon. Falcons are medium-sized birds of prey that are found in almost all the world except Antarctica, they have a wide range of species that stretch from North America to Sub-Sahara and from Arabian Peninsula to the sub-continent and from there to Indonesia and Australia. Falcons show a broad variety of habitat, size, shape, and sexual characteristics according to the place they live. The North American Eagles that include bald eagle are bulky in size, the ones living in colder climates are smaller in size but efficient and less in number. The African and Arabian eagles or falcons are the largest, and they possess completely different characteristics from any of their type. The Falcons belong to phylum Chordata, their order is Falconiformes, and family is Falconidae and genus Falco. Their botanical or scientific name is Falconiformes, and they are the fastest birds on the planet and are carnivores in every part of the world. They have a feathery skin with brown, black, and white trace on the body and grayish claws that are used to hunt down the prey.
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3,Wingspan,3.3 to 3.6 ft
5,Mass Male,330 to 1,000 g
6,Mass Female,700 to 1,500 g
7,Body Length,198.9 in
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The difference between Eagles and Falcons:
Falcons which is the National Bird Of Kuwait are often misunderstood with the Eagles. However, both belong to different families and different characteristics. The Falcons belong to family Falconidae whereas the Eagles are traced back to Accipitridae family. Eagles are active and have an entirely different style of hunting. The Eagles punch its prey and literally crush it by its strong talons or claws made for hunting. The Falcons are possessed with an extraordinary diving skill from a tremendous height to the prey, they are considered as the fastest divers on the planet reaching up to 320 km/h speed when they summer sault in the air. The Falcons also havea special tomial tooth that is absent in Eagles. Eagles are broader with large wings, Falcon’sare slimmer with less wing span than the Eagles. The Eagles are more dangerous when encountered than the Falcons. The Eagles rounded wings whereas the Falcons have pointed wings.
Interesting Facts about National Bird Of Kuwait :
- Falcons make a kill with the beak while holding the prey with their talons.
- The largest falcon species are called gyrfalcons, their average length was recorded above 60 cm. The smallest Falcons “Kestrels” are only 25 cm in length.
- Falcons have the strongest vision in birds, their vision is al least 2.6 times greater than the human beings.
- They are solitary birds i.e. they live alone and only mate in the season, their species are threatened and was included on thewatch list in 2005.
- Each season, the female lay 3 eggs. The chicks are protected for 4-6 months before they fly away.
- Small birds, rabbits, snakes, and bats are favorite diets of Falcons.
- The wings of hawks are specially designed aerodynamically by nature for the fastest possible flight, they are often termed as cheetahs of the skies.
- They are one of the greatest nomadic birds, falcons even fly to another continent for survival and food. Annually they travel up to 27000 kilometers.
- The average weight of falcons found in Asia is 1.2 kg.