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The National Birds of Prey Centre - Glossary
Category: Animals and Nature > Birds of prey
Date & country: 23/11/2007, UK
A person who flies Hawks rather than Falcons
The strap used to hold the bell on the birds leg.
The type of perch that a trained Falcon prefers.
Bombay Natural History Society
When a bird of prey takes a drink - that's where the term 'boozer' meaning pub comes from.
The type of branch like perch that trained Hawks and Buzzards prefer.
To sit on and keep eggs and the young birds warm.
A medium sized raptor with broad wings, generally living in more wooded country.
The Countryside Alliance.
A wooden frame perch which can be carried with shoulder straps for travelling trained birds - this is probably where the name 'golf caddy' came from. Or a wooden box with padded top to use to travel birds.
Breeding animals or birds in captivity.
The body of a dead animal or bird.
An animal or bird that is dead.
Campaign for Falconry.
Convention on International Trade in Endagered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Country Landowners Association.
A seamless metal band or ring put on a birds leg at about ten days old for identification.
The size or number of eggs that a bird lays.
A long nylon line used to control a bird during the training period.
A bird which flies at dawn and dusk in the half light.
Di-chloro-di-phenyl-tri-chloro-ethane. Used as a Pesticide, it was extensively used during the Second World War among Allied troops and certain civilian populations to control insect typhus and malaria vectors, and was then extensively used as an agricultural insecticide after 1945. When DDT got into the food chain it caused problems at the top, particularly for the Peregrine. The numbers of Peregrine declined rapidly because DDT was causing the egg shells to thin and the eggs to break before hatching.
The Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions. The government body that legislates and controls the registration of certain birds of prey in the United Kingdom. http://www.detr.gov.uk
Coming out or living in the daylight.
A rabbit shaped lure. It is dragged along the ground to teach the bird to chase and hunt rabbits.
Generally large birds living in more open countryside, with long, broad wings a longish tail and very powerful feet.
Large owls that were thought of as Eagle like, or related to Eagles - which in fact they are not.
The European Community.
The European Union.
Federation of European Hunting Organisations.
A small to medium raptor, generally living in open countryside, with long pointed wings, a shortish tail, brown eyes and a 'tooth' on either side of the hook on the beak. Falcons live in open countryside hunting from sometimes a great height and stooping fast towards the quarry.
The diurnal birds of prey.
When the quarry breaks cover.
A small to medium bird with short rounded wings, a long tail, usually yellow, orange or red eyes, living in wooded countryside.
The leather cap or hat used, mainly on falcons, to 'hoodwink' them into thinking it is nighttime and therefore to calm them, particularly during training and hunting.
A cross between two different species of bird.
Infectious Disease Agent.
International Fund for Animal Welfare.
A young bird in its first years plummage.
A bird that has been hand reared and is confused as to whether it is a bird or a human.
A machine used to hatch eggs by emulating the mother bird. The eggs are kept warm, turned each day and even allowed to cool very slightly to simulate the mother bird getting up to feed.
The leather straps placed on the birds legs.
A young bird in immature plummage.
The braided terylene line used to tether birds.
A roughly prey shaped item tied with a piece of meat and swung or dragged for a raptor to chase.
The Minestry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. http://www.maff.gov.uk
Indoor quarters for keeping birds of prey (from the French 'Muer' - to moult).
Monocrotophos is an organophosphorus insecticide and acaricide which works systemically and on contact. It is extremely toxic to birds and is used as a bird poison. It is also very poisonous to mammals. It is used to control a variety of sucking, chewing and boring insects and spider mites on cotton, sugarcane, peanuts, ornamentals, and tobacco.
The process of the bird losing or dropping its old feathers and re-growing new ones.
The National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ
A bird or animal that comes out after dark.
The National Trust.
A bird, not related to other raptors but to Nightjars that hunts birds and animals, usually at night.
The bird equivalent of marriage.
The Partnership for action Against Wildlife crime.
The bird or animal that a bird of prey is hunting.
A more scientific name for a bird of prey.
When a bird either losses or has the first clutch of eggs removed and lays a second clutch.
The Royal Society for the protection of Birds.
The Scottish Countryside Alliance.
Brothers and/or sisters.
To glide at a good height using hot air currents.
To drop or dive with folded wings from a great height towards the ground.
The metal item that goes between the leash and the jesses to prevent any tangling.
Claws on a bird of prey.
Taxon Advisory Group
TAGs examine the conservation needs of entire taxa, or group of related species. Some examples of taxonomic groupings are: Falconiformes, Strigiformes, hornbills, amphibians, felids (cats)... Serving as committees of expert advisors, Taxon Advisory Groups provide a forum for discussing husbandry, veterinary, ethical and other issues that apply to entire taxa. They establish priorities for management, research and conservation; and recruit qualified individuals to carry out these activities.
A male Peregrine (a 'tierce' or a 'third' smaller than a female).
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Circling above quarry waiting for it to flush.
An open area where a trained bird is put to get sunlight.
World Wildlife Fund.
Zoological Society of London