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Amur Falcons - from slaughter to spectacle

Date posted: 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Five years ago, hundreds of thousands of migrating Amur Falcons were being slaughtered annually in northeast India. Today, they are celebrated.

Eco-clubs give locals a new appreciation of the Amur Falcon

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Amur Falcons Falco amurensis are incredible long-distance migrants.  During their travels from their breeding grounds in north-east Asia, hundreds of thousands of them cross the Indian Subcontinent and the Indian Ocean to their wintering grounds in southern Africa. However, in November 2012, an estimated 100,000 falcons didn’t make it past Nagaland, a state in north-east India. They were trapped, slaughtered or taken to local markets alive and sold as fresh food. Action was taken by the Bombay Natural History Society (BirdLife in India) to stop this slaughter. Read the full story here.

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