First Peregrine Falcon Egg Laid at Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning


First Peregrine Falcon Egg Laid at Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning

Public invited to watch progress via Pitt Falconcam at


Pittsburgh, PA (March 11, 2019) --  Hope, a female Peregrine Falcon, has laid her first egg of the season at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning nesting site in Oakland. The public can view the nest, and parents Hope and Terzo, at

The first egg was laid on March 11 at around 5:25 pm.  Peregrines typically lay a clutch of 3-5 eggs, and the female and male share incubation duties beginning when the second-to-last egg is laid.  The eggs hatch over a 24-48 hour period beginning about 30 days later.  The chicks remain in the nest for 5-6 weeks before fledging.

                Peregrine falcons continue to be listed as an endangered species in Pennsylvania because their population has not recovered sufficiently at their natural cliff nest sites. There are currently eight nesting pairs in the Pittsburgh region, all of them residing on man-made structures.

                “Over the coming days and weeks, viewers from around the world will be logging on to await the appearance of additional eggs, and if all goes well, the hatching of the chicks,” says National Aviary Ornithologist Bob Mulvihill. “The Pitt Falconcam provides remarkable insights into this species, giving viewers an up-close view of these raptors as they develop, mature, and fledge.”

                The Pitt Falconcam provides real-time streaming video and sound from the nest at the Cathedral of Learning.


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