How Much Does a Falcon Bird Cost?

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AA falcon is any one of the 37 raptor species in the genus Falco.

Today, there are over 40 different species of falcons widely distributed across all the continents of the world such as the black falcon and the peregrine falcon.

Since falcons are birds of prey, they are well-known for their incredible hunting skills as well as for being a ruthless and dominant within their environment.

They hunt all kinds of small animals such as mice, fish and frogs — they will even catch smaller birds while flying in the air.

Because of its large size, great speed and alertness, the falcon has few natural predators.

Falcon by Accretion Disc, on Flickr
Falcon” (CC BY 2.0) by Accretion Disc

How much does a falcon cost?

Before you consider purchasing a falcon, you first need to become what’s known as a falconer, which consists of three stages:  apprentice, general and master.  When you’re an apprentice, for example, you can only have one bird.  As falconry is regulated in the United States, your local state’s Game and Fish Department will be able to tell you how you can become one.  For the most part, in order to become licensed, you will need to pass a written test, find an established falconer to sponsor them for two years and build a proper housing unit.

On average, it can cost you anywhere from $200 to $10,000+ or more to buy a falcon, depending on its pedigree, type and where its origins are from.  For example, you can expect to pay about $1,000 for a European falcon, but for genetically superior falcons that are often found in the Central Valley of California, you can pay an upwards of $100,000.

This Forbes article talked about falcon hunting in Qatar, mentioning that some birds could cost as much as $250,000.  Most ordinary falcons, however, in excellent health at the peak of their athletic abilities can cost $5,000 to $25,000.

What are the extra costs?

As mentioned, in order to legally own a falcon, you must become a falconer, a process that requires at least two years.  During this time, you will need to pass a test, find someone to sponsor you and build the proper housing unit.  The education, hiring a sponsor and obtaining the permits can far exceed four figures.  Always refer to your local laws to know the legalities.

Falcons will require housing beyond that of the typical pet.  These housing facilities, referred to as mews, are often the size of a larger shed and will be constructed to adequately house the bird.  These spaces will be equipped with perches, a shelter and some room to roam.  Experts recommend budgeting at least $1,000 to build a suitable structure.  Land, without a doubt, is also required so the bird can get exercise and can hunt naturally.

Falcons eat on a diet similar to what they would eat in wild, which can include mice, rodents, chicken, insects, beef and even road kill.  Owners also include vitamin and mineral supplements as well.  Be prepared to spend $3 per day to feed.  Some falconers may also raise their own food to lower the costs.

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Falcons are medium-sized birds found throughout the world. However, falcons tend to favor the most temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, with the peregrine falcon being the most common bird-of-prey in the world. It is found on every continent except Antarctica.

They are best known for their ruthlessness as well as for their incredible flight capacity. Compared to other birds, falcons have tapered wings which allow the falcon to adjust their direction quickly. They have been recorded to dive at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, making them one of the fastest creatures on earth.

Falcons range in size anywhere from nine to 24 inches tall; however, the height of the falcon will depend on the species.

Even though falcons have been known to stay in the same place most of their lives, most falcon species are migratory birds. They have been known to travel over 15,000 miles per year. Because of the issue with falcons being endangered species many breeders who produce peregrines for sport (falconry) produce hybrids with another species of falcon (such as gry or merlins) to help avoid issues with having to prove that the birds were captive-bred and not taken from the wild.

To find a sponsor in your area, you can visit the official North American Falconers Association website.

In captivity, falcons have been known to live seven to more than 10 years.

If you’re serious about becoming a falconer, consider joining a local club to meet with other owners.  Take the time to dicuss the costs, benefits and see if it’s something worth joining.

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Average Reported Cost: $200

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  1. Jason C Miles (Green ridge,  Missouri) paid $200 and said:

    My son want one too

    Was it worth it? Yes

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