This is the largest species of falcon world-wide and is considered to be the most prized among falconers.
Its large size means that when stooping it has the potential to fly faster even than the peregrine but rarely hunts using this method,
instead preferring to tackle prey ranging from arctic hares to geese in a powerful and fast straight line pursuit.
Whilst our Gyrs and Jerkins (the males) are off site in breeding projects you can admire an almost identical hybrid falcon; Gyr x Saker Falcon, if theyre not out
carrying out pest control duties.
The Gyr Falcon was considered a serious gift worthy of kings during the middle ages, today nothing has changed and this species is the most highly prized of all,these days the Middle East market and its rich falconers snap up UK bred Gyrs for top money. Such is the lure of this mightiest of Falcons.
Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critical