Snowy Falcon - Falco Gryphonis Scandiaca

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Jessie Thomas

Habitat - Mountainous highlands and tundra, may move into warmer country when prey is scarce. Prey - Ptarmigan, chiefly, or other birds or small mammals as it can catch them. The picture should give you a good idea of it's size relative to the Crow it has caught. As with all raptors, the female is larger than the male. The 'ears' are not true ears, but tufts, similar to an Owl's. Hunters capture these Gryphons by baiting them with a tethered Raven and some meat, surrounded by a net on stakes. When the Gryphon moves in to steal the food from the erstwhile Corvid, the net collapses on her. She is then hooded and made to try to perch on a rope. She may stay there for up to three days, trying to stand. But if she tries to settle she will flip over upside down. When she's exhausted, she's tame and can be taught to stoop on prey and return to the fist. Ink and colored pencil on heavy paper, March 13, 2003.

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