Falconry is the art of training birds of prey. It involves wearing a cool claw-proof glove and getting giant birds to hunt for you. A young King Arthur practices falconry in “The Sword in the Stone.”
Historians believe that the sport of falconry may have started in ancient Mesopotamia. To practice falconry, you need a falcon that's trained to hunt small animals and return to its handler, or falconer. If a hawk or eagle is used instead of a falcon, the sport is still called falconry, but the handler is an austringer. The words falconry and falcon come from the Latin root falx, "curved blade," which can describe the shape of a falcon's talons, beak, or spread wings.