Sporting an impressive four-foot wingspan, this large and powerful bird of prey has been used in falconry for thousands of years, and is likely the basis for the Turul, a mythological bird that is a national symbol of Hungary. These birds are found in open grasslands in Eastern Europe and Asia, and in winter in parts of Africa, feeding on pigeons, squirrels, and other small animals.
Hint: This bird’s name is derived from an Arabic word meaning “falcon.”
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Helping Backyard Birds in Winter
What are the best ways to help birds in bad weather? What are the best foods for winter feeding? When bad weather comes, you'll be ready to provide your backyard birds with just the kind of helpful hospitality they need.