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a very large rare falcon, Falco rusticolus, of northern and arctic regions: often used for hunting



(Faleo gyrfalco), a bird of the family Falconidae, order Falconiformes. Body length, 50-60 cm. Male’s weight, up to 1.5 kg; female’s, up to 2 kg. The plumage is gray, or white with gray markings. The gyrfalcon is distributed in Northern Europe, Asia, and North America. It lives on rocky seacoasts and in forest tundra. Gyrfalcon mates stay together for many years. They nest on rocks, steep shores, or high trees. There are three to five brownish eggs with red spots in each clutch, which are incubated mainly by the female for 28-29 days. The young leave the nest at about two months. Gyrfalcons feed mainly on birds that they capture on the wing; more rarely they catch lemmings, voles, and hares. Gyrfalcons were highly prized as hunting birds in falconry. They are scarce everywhere and need to be protected.

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This is better than Cheltenham," quipped Dwyer to Buckley as the pair posed for photos with Gerfalcon in the winner's enclosure.
Brian Meehan, trainer of Gerfalcon "He made a bright start when beaten only a neck at Ascot and confirmed his ability with a workmanlike success at Salisbury.
MARTIN DWYER was successful on his only ride on the card when the Brian Meehan-trained Gerfalcon landed the 6f juvenile maiden.
Frankie Durr is in double form on the July course with Gerfalcon (Humphrey Cottrill) taking the seven-furlong handicap and Major Dilke (Alan Jarvis) the juvenile maiden.
lPeter Walwyn reaches a career score of 500 and Pat Eddery 50 for the season when Cambus O'May outruns Gerfalcon (Humphrey Cottrill/Tony Murray) in the handicap sprint at Leicester.
In this inclosure or Parke [see the Akkadian pardesu having precisely this meaning whence the word paradise derives] are goodly meadowes, springs, rivers, red and fallow Deere, Fawnes carryed thither for the Hawkes, (of which are there mewed above two hundred Gerfalcons [i.
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