Terzo Gets Into The Act

Terzo looks alert while incubating (screenshot from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)
Terzo looks alert while incubating (screenshot from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Terzo has certainly grown into his role as “father peregrine” since he first arrived at the Cathedral of Learning during 2016’s tumultuous nesting season.

He often spends more than half the day incubating while his mate Hope takes a break.  (She incubates all night.)  He has also learned a thing or two about dealing with her.

Hope is a very loud bird, so loud that her shouting can be heard inside the Cathedral of Learning and blocks away from the building.  I don’t know why she shouts but I found out last year that when she shouts she’s looking at Terzo.

This year Terzo is shouting back!

At the beginning of this April 4th video clip, Hope shouts from the nest.  Then you hear another peregrine shout back. It’s Terzo, off camera.  At the end of the clip Hope falls asleep and Terzo shouts at her and wakes her up.  Hah!


This went on for a while.  I could have shown you 6 minutes of shouting but decided to spare you.

See and hear them on the National Aviary falconcam at Univ. of Pittsburgh.  Be ready to use the mute button.   😉


(video from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

p.s. Having trouble watching the falconcam?  Here are tips for viewing.

5 thoughts on “Terzo Gets Into The Act

  1. My office is located on the 33rd floor of the Cathedral of Learning. We hear them shouting often! They are fun to watch.

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more about Terzo growing into his role as a good mate for Hope and a good dad and provider for their offspring. I am so happy they found each other.

    As I was reading this I turned up the volume to watch your video clip. On the live cam, Terzo was on the eggs and Hope was yelling at him off camera for about 20 minutes or so. He had his back to her and didn’t seem to want to get up just yet, so he appeared to be ignoring her. Finally he relented and got up and she came in to sit on the eggs. I do agree, she does like to yell at him, and it was good to see he does yell back.

    I really do enjoy watching this Peregrine family and am looking forward to the eggs hatching in the next week or so and am hoping for a successful season for Hope, Terzo and their four chicks.

    Just as I was about to post this I heard Hope yelling again. Terzo just brought food (a dead bird) into the nest. Hope grabbed it and flew off with it. Now Terzo is back on the eggs. I guess he learned that is one way to keep her quiet and for him to get more egg time!

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