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Old School Falconry Jargon Untangled

per Craig Hendee – In the case of the Peregrine only, the males are called Tiercels. Throughout history if you said Tiercel, it meant male Peregrine. The female is called the falcon. If you said falcon, it meant and was understood to be a female Peregrine. Nowdays only the purists or those with great knowledge of the history of falconry and its language would understand it as such. 
 
mitchr with hooded falcon on gloved hand
 
When the gentleman commented on the photo as “nice tiercel” he was saying nice male Peregrine, and meant to be understood as such. I know that he did it intentionally so that we would know of his level of knowledge. Very few falconers have a good understanding of the old terms and meanings. You technically should say male Prairie falcon, but many people would say tiercel Prairie falcon which is incorrect. There are intense epic battles over language on the internet which I love to see. 
 
Under no circumstances should a female raptor be called a hen, such as saying hen red-tail. That will bring down the wrath of many falconers who hate it. It would be female red-tail. There are numerous other names such as a male sparrowhawk which is a musket and the female which is called the spar or sparrowhawk, or the male merlin which is called a Jack, and the male Hobby called a Robin. You just have to learn them.
 

Male Peregrine falcon on arm of woman in medieval costume

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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