Tag: falcon

  • Visit the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary

    Established in 2006, the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary in South Africa cares for more than 180 birds representing 50 different raptor species. The sanctuary's permanent residents have either ...

  • Bird Species P - T

    Bird Species P through T Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) Purple Gallinule (Porphyrula martinica) Purple Martin (Progne subis) Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) Purple Gallinule (Porphyrula martinica) Purple Martin (Progne subis) Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Rock Pigeon ...

  • Birds of Prey

    Birds of prey, or raptors, are birds that hunt other animals for food and are specially adapted to do so. Birds of prey include eagles, condors, kites, falcons, hawks, osprey, owls, vultures, buzzards and secretary birds. When hunting, birds of prey use their highly adapted feet and talons to capture and kill prey. Hawks and […]

  • Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)

    The impressive Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) is the largest of all falcons. Its body measures roughly 60 cm in length and its wingspan may be as wide as 130 cm. The male is usually about one third smaller than the female and the bird may weigh between 2 to 4.5 pounds. The plumage of the Gyrfalcon […]

  • Merlin (Falco colombarius)

    The Merlin or as it is scientifically know as, Falco colombarius, is a falcon that breeds in many different continents like North America, Asia and Europe. In North America it is known as a pigeon hawk, and the Latin part of its scientific name, “columba”, means dove also indicating the falcon’s popular food choice. But […]

  • Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

    The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is a predatory bird that is 15 inches in length and has a wingspan of 40 inches. It is one of the larger falcons and has the typical short and hooked beak, as seen on many birds of prey. This falcon has pale coloring over its throat and breast, with […]

  • Spectacular Birding on the Isle of Mull

    The beautiful Isle of Mull is Scotland’s fourth largest island and a popular tourist destination for a number of reasons, one of them being that it offers superb bird watching ...

  • The National Birds of Prey Center in Gloucestershire

    The National Birds of Prey Center, located near Newent in Gloucestershire, is one of Britain’s premiere attractions and one of the top birds of prey centers in the United Kingdom. It ...

  • Falconry Part 1: Origins and Applications

    Falconry is a sport that involves the training of birds of prey to hunt game for their trainers. Although not all birds of prey are falcons, the previous use of the term “hawker” when hawks ...