gyrfalcon

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gyr·fal·con

also gerfalcon  (jûr′făl′kən, -fôl′-, -fô′-)
n.
A large black, gray, or white falcon (Falco rusticolus) that breeds in Arctic and subarctic regions and sometimes migrates to northern North America and Eurasia. It is highly valued in falconry.

[Middle English girfaucoun, from Old French girfaut, gerfaucon : Old High German gīr, vulture + Old French faucon, falcon; see falcon.]

gyrfalcon

(ˈdʒɜːˌfɔːlkən; -ˌfɔːkən) or

gerfalcon

n
(Animals) a very large rare falcon, Falco rusticolus, of northern and arctic regions: often used for hunting
[C14: from Old French gerfaucon, perhaps from Old Norse geirfalki, from geirr spear + falki falcon]

gyr•fal•con

(ˈdʒɜrˌfɔl kən, -ˌfæl-, -ˌfɔ kən)

n.
a large falcon, Falco rusticolus, of arctic and subarctic regions, having white to dark color phases.
[1300–50; Middle English gerfaucon, jerfacoun < Old French, =ger- (probably < Old High German gīr vulture; compare lammergeier) + faucon falcon; compare Old Norse geirfalki]
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Noun1.gyrfalcon - large and rare Arctic falcon having white and dark color phasesgyrfalcon - large and rare Arctic falcon having white and dark color phases
falcon - diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
Falco, genus Falco - a genus of Falconidae
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As part of a study on Greenland gyrfalcon diet (Booms and Fuller, 2003), we used time-lapse video photography to document prey items delivered to gyrfalcon nests throughout the nestling period (hatching to fledging) during the 2000 and 2001 breeding seasons.