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.”
Whether you’re new to backyard birding or are a lifelong bird watching enthusiast, you’re sure to find the information in this booklet-length PDF to be extremely useful. It’s a resource you’ll want to consult every year when summer comes to a close.