Inspired by this comic from XKCD: XKCD Etymology comic

Is there anything to confirm whether or not falcons exist in the Star Wars Universe? If they don't then what is the in-universe reason for the name of the Millennium Falcon?

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    Why did this get a DV?
    – Null
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 16:33
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    Not sure we need a Millennium Falcon tag, though...
    – Null
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 16:33
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    does anyone in the movies ever use the word 'millenium' to mean 1000 years?
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 16:34
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    @Moogle in which case, I would also assume "Falcon" is just a translation from Galactic Basic, to English, of some random bird-type thing. No proof, though :)
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 16:49
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    Do they have the letter "X" in their alphabet to call it an X-Wing?
    – Geoff
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 17:42

1 Answer 1



The bat-falcon was a swift species of flying creatures. It inspired the name of the starship Millennium Falcon.



The snow falcon was an avian native to Rhinnal.


The spire falcon was a bird native to the planet Coruscant. It was at the top of the food chain of animals such as gully rats, grate toads, ferro-worms, and trantor pigeons.


Regarding canon - other than the Falcon name it appears not. It seems an unnecessary question imo - one could engage in ever increasing navel gazing over the necessity of language use in the film. Do ducks exist in canon? They are referenced in Episode 1. Does a Star Wars duck look like a duck and walk like a duck or is it different from an earth duck?

The name itself inherently implies that such a creature exists in some form and that is swift and agile. This is the simplest and logical explanation

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    Disney have really made these things difficult. I'll leave this open for a bit to see if there's a canon answer, otherwise I'll accept this. Either way have an upvote.
    – Moogle
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 16:53
  • @Moogle - truth!
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 16:55
  • @Moogle If you are willing to accept a Legends answer, please use the Star Wars Legends tag so answerers will know whether Legends is acceptable or not.
    – Null
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 16:56
  • @Null - thanks for the clarification as well - I've never paid any attention other than to try and differentiate in the answer itself. I do think there is value in addressing what has come before (as long as it is identified as such) because Disney doesn't preclude mining from Legends material
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 16:57
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    "Trantor pigeons"? That's an amusing shout-out to the probable inspiration for Coruscant... Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 18:17

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