In our collaborative efforts to select and acquire our family of true pure peales breeders, we find that there are several “types” of peales prevalent throughout the captive breeding community. >Over the years, “peales type” peregrines have been collected from their most southern range, their most northern range, their most inland range, as well as their farthest off shore range. We observe that the farther south and inland these peregrines are found, a noticeable “intergrade” style of maritime peregrine materializes.
Our family of breeding stock originates from the greater Gulf of Alaska area, which includes but not limited to, the isolated islands of Amchitka, Montague, and the Queen Charlottes. Trademarks of their northern, off shore heritage, our peales falcons possess a compliment of unique and desirable genetics. These substantially structured predators are full of strength, desire, and attitude. True peales, the individuals that we have collected moult into heavily marked fronted, dark blue-backed, adults. The background color on their chests is very light in most cases. This “look” of light fronted, dark blue backed peales is what we remember many years ago when the last legal harvest of Charlotte falcons took place. Not all, but many had this “look” and it is that same “look” that motivates our efforts today. We like a peales falcon with long wide wings, where the secondary feathers appear much longer than that of other peregrines.
We appreciate a wide cere and substantial mandible on our falcons that exhibit the size and power to dispatch ocean dwelling seabirds, sometimes several miles offshore. We like our falcons to possess large feet with thick tarsus. More importantly, we like to see our falcons perform and catch quarry with the same athleticism and power that created their legend throughout the past several generations. Some of the finest gamehawks we have ever flown have been retired early and are now producing young with all the qualities we are looking for in a full-bodied peales falcon.
Motivated by quality and performance, we collectively breed only a very select few of these pure peales falcons each year.