Ger Falcon - This species is very common in Iceland; is found in Lapland and Norway, but rarely in the Orkneys or North Britain, In Asia it dwells in the highest points of the Uralian and other Siberian mountains, and dares the coldest climates throughout the year. This bird is pre-eminent in courage as well as beauty, and is the terror of other hawks. It was flown at all kinds of fowl, how great soever, but its chief game was herons and cranes. The white gyr-falcon of Pennant has legs and cere of a bluish ash, the bill bluish and greatly hooked; the eye dark blue, the throat of a pure white; the body, wings, and tail of the same colour, most elegantly marked with dusky bars, lines, or spots, leaving the white the far prevailing colour. There are instances, though rare, of its being found eutirely white. In some the whole tail is crossed by remote bars of black or brown ; in others, they appear only very faintly on the middle feathers: the feathers of the thighs are very long and unspotted: the legs strong and of a light blue. It weighs fortyfive ounces troy ; length nearly two feet; extent four feet two inchesThis species, with the Iceland (brown) and Greeland falcons, are reserved for the kings of Denmark, who send a falconer with attendants, annually, into Iceland to purchase them. They are caught by thenatives, a certain number of whom in every district are licensed fop that purpose.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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