Length: 15-20 in Wingspan: 35-45 in Weight: 1-3 lbs
Long, pointed wings and tail. Brown back and white front with brown spots. White eyebrow and brown malar stripe. Dark armpit in flight.
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Similar to cheetahs, gazelle, and football players, Prairie Falcons and many of their relatives have dark marks beneath their eyes, called malar stripes in birds. This feature reduces glare in sunny environments, allowing for keener eyesight while hunting.
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