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Tight portrait of juvenile peregrine falcon protesting being approached. Distinctive falcon features are the dark eyes, pointed upper beak with sharp edges, a small projection on each side of the upper beak like a tooth, called a tomial tooth, which aids in killing avian prey with a neck bite, the projection penetrating between vertebrae to sever the spinal nerve. New Mexico, © David A. Ponton
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FLEDGED JUVENILE PEREGRINE FALCONS
Tight portrait of juvenile peregrine falcon protesting being approached. Distinctive falcon features are the dark eyes, pointed upper beak with sharp edges, a small projection on each side of the upper beak like a tooth, called a tomial tooth,  which aids in killing avian prey with a neck bite, the projection penetrating between vertebrae to sever the spinal nerve. New Mexico, © David A. Ponton