Small Hybrid Falcons
The idea of these hybrids is to produce a small falcon, large, fast and nimble enough for all the smaller quarry species, and more hardy than the Merlin. All (now) have whimsical names.
Praline (Merlin x Prairie)
A better size match than the Perlin. (Not a candied chopped nut confection!)
Perlin (Merlin x Peregrine)
A few of these have been bred, and seem to be all that could be desired. (Not a roof support beam!)
Barlin (Merlin x Barbary)
Probably not such a good idea, as both birds are delicate. (Not a dead dwarf!)
Mugger (Merlin x Lugger)
Once again, a better size match than the Perlin. (Not a robber with a flick knife/switchblade!)
Lannerlin (Merlin x Lanner)
Once again, a better size match than the Perlin. (Not the oil from a sheep's fleece!)
These birds should take skylark & meadow pipit in the classic ringing flight, or wait-on to stoop on snipe, woodcock (occassionally, if they show up), blackbird and thrush (beat them out of the hedgerow). May be fast and agile enough to single-handedly bring a magpie to book (if they can be hounded out of cover) and possbly even jackdaw. However males may be unable to kill a magpie or jackdaw without assistance. Moorhen & teal should be on the cards if they can be flushed, and doubtless the odd collared dove or feral pigeon will be taken. Flights at starling should be possible, but these don't usually give a very stylish flight. As with all small falcons, an ultralite telemetry set will be needed.
Beginners Rating r
Weight 10 - 16 oz (280 - 450 g)
Temperament? Variable ?
Heated Mews + Aviary Flight 8' x 6' (2.4 x 1.8 m)
Availability A few - more in pipeline
Hunting (overall rating) 7
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