Up to a third of Europe's gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) population breeds in Iceland. Iceland's gyrfalcon population is believed to number only around 400 breeding pairs during a good year. This population is small and vulnerable, and gyrfalcon is therefore protected under Icelandic law.
This long-term research project has a dual focus:
Monitor changes to the gyrfalcon population in order to track its development.
Study the behavioral and population response of gyrfalcons to 10-year population fluctuations in ptarmigan in order to determine what part gyrfalcons play in these 10-year cycles.
IINH Contact: Ólafur K. Nielsen