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Gyrfalcons are the most important falcons on the planet, with a wingspan of virtually 4 toes and weighing nearly 5 kilos. The identify “Gyrfalcon” derives from an Outdated Norse phrase for “spear.” Throughout the summer time, you’ll discover Gyrfalcons on the tundra, the place they feed on arctic birds. However within the winter, some will fly as far south because the northern U.S.

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The Majestic Gyrfalcon

Written by Bob Sundstrom

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[A cold winter wind]

Winter sends many wondrous birds down from the Arctic, together with majestic Gyrfalcons. They’re smaller than our greatest raptors—like Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles — however Gyrfalcons are the most important falcons on the planet, with a wingspan of as much as 4 toes and weighing in at nearly 5 kilos.

[Gyrfalcon calling]

The identify “Gyrfalcon” derives from an Outdated Norse phrase for “spear.” No surprise it was prized by medieval falconers and reserved for royalty. Kublai Khan, the Mongol emperor, is claimed to have stored 2 hundred.

When searching, the Gyrfalcon flies quick and low over the bottom, hugging the contours of the land to hide its assault. It may possibly overtake a fleeing duck at 60 miles an hour.

Throughout the summer time, you’ll discover Gyrfalcons on the tundra, the place they feed on arctic birds like ptarmigan. However within the winter, some will fly as far south because the northern U.S., searching shorebirds, partridges and even rodents, throughout open farmland and coastal areas.  

When these nice hunters from the north descend, it’s clever to take cowl.

[Repeat Gyrfalcon calling]

For BirdNote, I’m Ashley Ahearn.

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Producer: John Kessler
Managing Producer: Jason Saul
Editor: Ashley Ahearn
Affiliate Producer: Ellen Blackstone
Assistant Producer: Mark Bramhill
Narrator: Ashley Ahearn
Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by A.L. Priori.
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