The Peregrine Falcon at the Eyrie

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IN the notice of Mr. Heatherley's “The Peregrine Falcon at the Eyrie” (NATURE, August 6, p. 586), that author is quoted for the previously “unrecorded fact that after the first few days the falcon turned over to the tiercel the duties of her sex, spending his time abroad hunting and bringing the quarry to the tiercel, who remained at home to feed and look after the young.” This sentence in its wording appears to treat the falcon as male, the tiercel as female; the reverse being, however, the correct use of these terms. As Harting (“Birds of Shakespeare,” p. 52) says: “By the falcon is always understood the female, as distinguished from the tercel, or male, of the peregrine or goshawk.”

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HART, W. The Peregrine Falcon at the Eyrie. Nature 93, 633 (1914) doi:10.1038/093633b0

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