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πŸ“Έ by @jonny_g_photography
by @jonny_g_photography

Gyrfalcon powering down a northern shoveler (duck).
Falcons instinctively sever the vertebrae of their quarry upon capture.

Even young falcons incapable of flight will instinctively bite prey in the neck area.

This behaviour minimizes the struggle with larger prey and makes the falcon less vulnerable to injury while also keeping an eye open for other predators.

Unlike other raptors, falcons have a small projection on their upper mandible called the tomial tooth which may be another adaptation which aids in quickly dispatching prey.



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