Building a fake falcon (yes the bird)
So I've decided to do a falconer costume. Unfortunately, this involves a falcon. Obviously not a real one, but I find myself a little stuck on how to go about obtaining a reasonable imitation of one.
I've attached the few times you actually see the falcon as a reference. Sorry they're small but blowing them up larger kind of ruins the image quality. And it's pretty much just a large, brown bird.
My ideas so far have been a stuffed falcon (too unrealistic), a decorative bird (wrong colors, expensive for a foam/feather combo, usually look creepy), and a decoy falcon (attached to base). Since I'm sure mostly everyone here is better at props than I am...does anyone else have ideas? How would I construct a fake falcon or would it be possible to cut away the base of a decoy falcon? I'd like it to be (1) Reasonable realistic (2) Not too heavy since I have to carry it around (3) Not too fragile (4) Not extremely expensive.
Any links would also be appreciated! I get the feeling I bit off more than I can chew/create with this one.