• Sparrowhawk owned by falconer. Credit: Fleur Scheele/FFI
    Conserving migrating raptors in western Georgia

    The illegal trapping and sale of birds for falconry, a traditional practice in Georgia, pose a threat to raptor species. It is estimated that 200,000 birds are trapped each year with 5,000 being smuggled out of the country. For some species, birds regarded as low quality are also killed to remove them from populations.

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