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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Birds of Point Pelee National Park

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Gyrfalcon (Local Rarety)
-Falco rusticolus Linnaeus

Toothed upper mandible identifies it as a falcon. Large size, stout legs and feet, legs are feathered in front more than halfway to toes, and markings are all features that distinguish it from other falcons. Plumage variable. Pale phase mainly white, usually more or less barred, spotted and streaked with dark brown. Dark phase is mainly leaden blackish-brown above and below; the under parts are narrowly streaked with white. Many intermediate stages with barred or unbarred tails are common. White birds are most common in the breeding season in the eastern high Arctic. In adults the cere and feet are usually yellow; in immatures, bluish or greyish.