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Gyrfalcon by Bill Prickett

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Gyrfalcon by Bill Prickett

Overall Height   24.5ins ( 622mm )

Base Length       12ins  ( 305mm )

Base Width        9.5ins  ( 242mm )

Gyrfalcon by Bill Prickett

A Wood Carving of a Gyrfalcon in Lime Wood on a polished stainless Steel and Glass Fibre Base
Bill has put a lot of detail in to the plumage and texture of the bird, as always the attention to detail is fantastic, please ask me to quote for shipping

Gyrfalcon by Bill Prickett

The gyrfalcon is a very large falcon, being about the same size as the largest buteos (buzzards) but probably slightly heavier. Males are 48 to 61 centimetres (19 to 24 inches) long, weigh 805 to 1,350 grams (1 pound 12 12 ounces to 2 pounds 15 12 ounces), with average weights reported as 1,130 or 1,170 g (2 lb 8 oz or 2 lb 9 12 oz) and have a wingspan from 110 to 130 cm (43 to 51 in). Females are bulkier and larger, at 51 to 65 cm (20 to 25 12 in) long, 124 to 160 cm (49 to 63 in) wingspan, and of 1,180 to 2,100 g (2 lb 9 12 oz to 4 lb 10 oz) weight, with average weights of 1,585 or 1,752 g (3 lb 8 oz or 3 lb 13 34 oz).[6][7]

An outsized female from eastern Siberia was found to have scaled 2,600 g (5 lb 12 oz).[7][8] Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 34.5 to 41 cm (13.6 to 16.1 in), the tail is 19.5 to 29 cm (7.7 to 11.4 in), the culmen is 2 to 2.8 cm (34 to 1 18 in) and the tarsus is 4.9 to 7.5 cm (1 78 to 3 in).[9]

The gyrfalcon is larger, broader-winged and longer-tailed than the peregrine falcon, which it is known to compete with (and occasionally hunt). It differs from the buzzard in general structure, having pointed wings.


The gyrfalcon is a very polymorphic species, so its plumage varies greatly. The archetypal birds are called “white”, “silver”, “brown”, and “black”, though they can be coloured from all-white to very dark. The brown gyrfalcon is distinguished from the peregrine by the cream streaking on the nape and crown and by the absence of a well-defined malar stripe and cap. The black morph has a strongly black-spotted underside, rather than finely barred as in the peregrine. White form gyrfalcons are the only predominantly white falcons. Silver gyrfalcons resemble a light grey lanner falcon of larger size. The species shows no sex-based colour differences; juveniles are darker and browner than adults.

The black colour seems to be sex-linked and to occur mostly in females; it proved difficult for breeders to get males darker than the dark side of slate grey. A color variety that arose in captive breeding is “black chick”.[10]


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