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There are over 60 species of falcons distributed around the world. Like other birds of prey, they are carnivorous and have curved, hooked bills. They can be recognized by their long pointed wings, and by an unusual feature of their nostril it has a tubercle, or a bump, just inside it. Most falcons nest in holes in trees or on cliffs. Peregrine falcons are the most famous member of this family.

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