Animalogy Podcast
featured image

Falconry: Fed Up and Looking Haggard

The practice of hunting wild birds with trained birds — for fun is called falconry. Though it came into its own almost 1,000 years ago in England after the Norman invasion, it continues to have a stronghold in our contemporary English language. I hope I can lure you to join me today as I share all of the words and expressions that come from this blood sport and to hear about the time *I* was roused to try my hand at falconry and why I turned tail by the end of it.

Supporters receive the written transcript of Animalogy episodes.

In This Episode

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau talks about the terms and expressions that come from this blood sport.

  • How the popularity of falconry and hunting grew after William the Conqueror
  • What aspects of transforming free-living birds to captive birds became part of our language
  • The take-away after spending a day at a falconry school
  • Alternatives to exploitative or violent terms and expressions 

Five Things You Can Do for Animalogy

1.Subscribe to Animalogy on iTunesStitcher, or Google Play and listen to the episodes.

2. Leave a 5-star rating on iTunes. 

3. Leave a review on iTunes. High ratings, reviews, and downloads in the first month increase the chances of high placement on iTunes.

4. Become a monthly supporter of the podcast. For just .33 cents a day, you receive transcripts to each episode; for $1.00 a day, you get bonus episodes. Your support helps us reach the goal of making it a weekly, ad-free show.

5. Share the podcast with everyone you know! Use the share buttons below and above!

Thank you! For the animals,

as seen on