• Louise Mamedio Schneider Butantan Institute
  • Clarissa de Oliveira Santos Butantan Institute
  • Luciano Moreira Lima Butantan Institute
  • Erika Hingst-Zaher Butantan Institute



Community science, Ecology, Raptors, Urban fauna, WikiAves


Brazil is a relevant wintering area for Falco peregrinus, particularly the subspecies F. p. tundrius and F. p anatum. Using data from WikiAves, we analyzed and discussed aspects of the species natural history, such as their migratory behavior, geographical distribution, diet, and ecological interactions. Peregrine falcons can be seen in the country from October until April. Our data suggests that adults can arrive up to a month earlier than juveniles. Individuals have been recorded in all 26 states and there is no significant difference in the geographical distribution due their subspecies or age, but there is an apparent lack of records on Central region of the country. Our results shows that in Brazil peregrines prey mainly on Columbiformes and Charadriiformes. Some individuals share the same perch and engage on agonistic interactions with other bird species, usually mopping or kleptoparasitism.

Author Biographies

Louise Mamedio Schneider, Butantan Institute

B.Sc. from University of São Paulo, has experience with science communication and collaborative science/citizen science. Interested in animal behavior, conservation and natural history. Currently, is part of the development team to produce and present a digital exhibit at Instituto Butantan.

Clarissa de Oliveira Santos, Butantan Institute

M.Sc. in Ecology from University of São Carlos, is an ornithologist with experience in community ecology, bird sampling techniques and environmental education. Interested in population studies and decline of bird population, and especially in the Purple martin, Progne subis.

Luciano Moreira Lima, Butantan Institute

M.Sc. in Zoology from University of São Paulo, ornithologist interested in bird conservation and monitoring. Conducts projects on citizen science and science communication.

Erika Hingst-Zaher, Butantan Institute

Ph.D. in Zoology from University of São Paulo. Researcher at Instituto Butantan, conducts research on conservation, faunistic inventories and monitoring, as well as the interfaces with public health. 


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