Hybrid Raptors are used both in the UK and
abroad. Please note that in the name of the
hybrid the Male parent breed name is given first. i.e. Ferruginous/Harris =
Male parent was a Ferruginous Buzzard and the Female parent was a Harris Hawk.
To see what the parents look like click on the blue
highlighted link in each titles.
The FERRUGINOUS/HARRIS HAWK.
The Ferruginous/Harris Hawk hybrid is a bird I have not heard of before in the UK. Rusty Scarborough, from the USA, kindly sent me this picture of his 3 year old female Ferrug/Harris called 'Rogue'. His e-mail says of her;
The GYR/SAKER FALCON.
This hybrid produces a powerful falcon that is lighter in weight than the Gyr, with a larger wing area and better weather proofing than the Saker. Capable of taking a range of quarry from Pheasant to Hare, in weather conditions that would put most
The PEREGRINE/LANNER FALCON.
To me this is the most beautiful of the hybrids. Produced as a display falcon the Pere/Lanner has all the intelligence and skill of both birds, with the weather proofing of the Peregrine. As well as display flying these bird can be used on such quarry as pigeons and crows.
The PEREGRINE/SAKER FALCON.
The Pere/Saker was bred as a 'Crow' hawk. The longer legs of the Saker Falcon allowed the falcon to tackle the sharp beaked Corvids. However being a desert bird the Saker Falcon found the British climate difficult to handle. The weather proofing of the powerful Peregrine was added to the mix to help the Saker cope. However crossing the migrating Saker with the Peregrine, who's name means 'wanderer', may not be so advantageous.
The SAKER/LANNER FALCON.