gerfalcon vs gyrfalcon what difference

what is difference between gerfalcon and gyrfalcon



gerfalcon (plural gerfalcons)

  1. Alternative form of gyrfalcon



Alternative forms

  • gerfalcon, jerfalcon


From Old French gerfaucon (modern French gerfaut), with the first element probably from Old High German gīr (vulture) (whence the German Geier).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɜːfɔːlkən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɝˌfælkən/


gyrfalcon (plural gyrfalcons)

  1. (obsolete) Any large falcon, especially as used to fly at herons.
  2. Falco rusticolus, a large bird of prey that breeds on Arctic coasts and islands of North America, Europe and Asia.
    • 2007, Michael Chabon, Gentlemen of the Road, Sceptre 2008, p. 132:
      […] the usurper Buljan ordered that his sukkah be erected on the donjon’s roof, with its […] relative nearness to the stars, among which his sky-worshiping and uncircumcised ancestors still hunted with infallible gyrfalcons for celestial game.


Further reading

  • Falco rusticolus on Wikispecies.Wikispecies

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