How Big Do Falcons Get?


The average size for a falcon is about 18 inches long with a wingspan of around 3 feet.

However some species of falcon can get much larger.

For example the female gyrfalcon can reach lengths of up to 27 inches with a wingspan of over 6 feet.

So while the average size for a falcon is 18 inches long some species can get much larger.

There’s considerable variation among the different species. The largest falcon in the world is the gyrfalcon which can weigh up to 4.5 kg (9.9 lb) and have a wingspan of up to 2.3 m (7.5 ft). The smallest falcon is the kestrel which only weighs around 120 g (4.2 oz) and has a wingspan of around 0.6 m (2.0 ft).

Falcons are generally predators of birds and small mammals though the larger species may also take down larger prey such as hares and foxes. They typically hunt by flying high above their territory and then swooping down on their unsuspecting prey. Falcons have very sharp vision and can spot their prey from great distances.

Falcons are fast and agile flyers and they are known for their spectacular aerial displays. Some species of falcon can reach speeds of up to 320 km/h (200 mph) when diving down on their prey.

Falcons are found on every continent except Antarctica. There are around 60 different species of falcon though some of these are quite rare.

If you’re lucky enough to see a falcon in the wild it’s sure to be a memorable experience. These magnificent birds are truly amazing creatures.