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Falconry - An in-depth Look
Falconry, also known as hawking, is a sport that involves the use of trained birds of prey to hunt or pursue game and assist with bird control. It has been practiced for thousands of years across many cultures and continents. In falconry, the falconer trains a bird of prey to fly freely, hunt for wild game, and then return to the falconer. The process of training a bird for falconry can be a lengthy one, often requiring daily attention over many months. In this article we will discuss the history of falconry, what types of birds are commonly used, what it takes to become a falconer, and how falconry has become incorporated in the modern world for the purpose of bird control.
In the past, dating back as early as 4,000 BC, falconry was a popular sport and status symbol among the nobility. The type of bird you flew directly correlated to your social standing. For example, a king would fly a gyrfalcon, a prince would fly a peregrine falcon, a knight would fly a saker falcon, and women would fly quite smaller birds such as a merlin or a kestrel. Each bird of prey possesses varying skills when it comes to the different species they will predate and their plans of attack. Today, falconry is practiced by enthusiasts around the world, often as a form of wildlife conservation. It is considered a regulated sport, with potential falconers needing to obtain a license and meet requirements in regards to knowledge, housing, and healthcare. Falconry has a rich history and cultural significance in many societies around the world and it was even recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010.