Our Neighborhood's Biodiversity Map

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Middle East
Falco cherrug (Marek Szczepanek) * To See the original image, please click the image
Shared by : Simran Vedvyas (UAE)
Region : Ethiopia, the Arabian peninsula, northern Pakistan and western China
Status : Endangered
How easily you could have seen them in the past, how endangered they are
Saker Falcons are known to be very susceptible to avian influenza and can be protected from bird flu by vaccination. They are Endangered Species because a population trend analysis indicated that they are undergoing a very rapid decline.
A Saker Falcon Task Force was established and met for the first time in March 2012 in Abu Dhabi U.A.E. The task force has the objective of involving range states, partners and interested parties in the development of a coordinated Global Action Plan for the species s conservation, including a management and monitoring framework.
How important role they are playing in the local ecosystem
This negative trend for the population is a result of unsustainable capture for the falconry trade, as well as habitat degradation and the impacts of agrochemicals.
What kind of history they had in your region
Falconry primarily a means to supplement an otherwise meagre diet, is an integral part of desert life. Measures are now in place to protect and preserve falcons.
Falconry in UAE is controlled by law and falcons are returned to the wild at the end of the annual hunting season, having been placed in isolation at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, where they are given full medical check-ups to ensure that only completely healthy birds enter the wild population. Each falcon is also micro-chipped for ease of identification. Saker Falcon is the national bird of Hungary, known as Turul in the Hungarian mythology.

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