Pellegrina is back flying in Rome

Pellegrina, wild falcon

A fortuitous find which, thanks to a small alluminium ring on a leg, has provided an unexpected source of new information on the life of birds of prey. This, in fine, is the story of Pellegrina (Peregrine), a 3-year-old female born to Aria and Vento, the couple of peregrine falcons that reproduces in a nest on the roof of the Economics Department of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and is monitored by Terna’s webcam on the www.birdcam.it website of its scientific partner, Ornis Italica. In May 2009, Pellegrina was found in the Prati section of Rome with a deep wound on her chest, which may be caused by banging against a wire or an antenna. She was recognised thanks to the ring and taken to the LIPU’s recovery centre, where a veterinarian and volunteers took care of her, cured her wounds, and followed her convalescence. The falcon was then entrusted to an expert at the Lake Vico Wildlife Sanctuary so she could tone up her muscles and improve the condition of her plumage. 

Finding Pellegrina three years after her last sighting disproved the rooted opinion that these raptors fly thousands of kilometres in their first few years of life and permanently abandon their place of birth, showing instead their high degree of attachment to that place.  

Four months after she was found, Pellegrina had completely healed and was in perfect physical shape. In the presence of numerous enthusiasts who had known her from her birth and had followed her recent vicissitudes, on October 14, 2009, she resumed her life as a wild falcon from the very roof of the Economics Department where she was born.