- Picoides villosus
The Gyrfalcon (pronounced as "jeer-falcon" or "djer-falcon") is the largest species of falcon in the world. Gyrfalcons live across parts of northern North America, including much of Canada. They breed in the high arctic and surrounding territory. They live and breed elsewhere in the far north of the Northern Hemisphere.
Gyrfalcons feed on other birds, taking prey on the wing with their amazing flying skills. They also feed on mammals up to the size of marmots.
Gyrfalcons come in a variety of color morphs. Our Birdorable bird is a white morph; Gyrfalcons may also be silver, gray, or black.
|Hatched||Added to Birdorable on: 22 May 2012|
|Scientific Name||Falco rusticolus|
|Birdorable Family||Birds of Prey|
(as of 27 March 2017)
18.9 to 25.2 inches
28.2 to 74.1 ounces
|Range||North Europe North America United States (West) United States (East) Arctic|