Last Friday Ginataras Baltusis filmed an immature peregrine falcon preening in New York City. I found the video interesting because the bird is banded and has a pale face and head with long white eyebrow stripes.
The pale head made me think of the tundra subspecies from the arctic. The bands made me think, “This bird hatched near people, not in the arctic.” The head stripes are a puzzle.
Is this a tundra peregrine? (Compare to this tundra peregrine in Pittsburgh in 2008.) Is it a peregrine hybrid, perhaps a falconer’s escaped bird? Or have I just been fooled by a bird with unusual head feathers?
What do you think?
(video by Ginataras Baltusis)