Welcome to the International Association for Falconry

Our organization is dedicated to the preservation of the ancient art of falconry, a hunting tradition defined as 'taking quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of trained birds of prey'. Preserving falconry involves maintaining not only the traditional culture that builds practical skills of empathy with animals, but also the conservation of raptors and their prey through preservation of natural habitats. We therefore encourage falconry within the context of sustainable use of wildlife.

We also promote Welfare and veterinary research on birds of prey and, where appropriate, domestic breeding of raptors for falconry, in whatever part of the world they may be used for falconry and hunting. IAF is also involved in international work to eradicate the illegal trade of wildlife, and is a member of the UNEP/CMS International Task Force on Illegal Killing of Birds in the Mediterranean.

In our site, you will find pages on the history of falconry and its role in conservation, its contribution to culture as well as details of how modern falconry is practised. You can visit our extensive Global Membership list and read about our worldwide activities in the IAF Newsletter.

IAF is an accredited NGO providing advisory services to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee (NGO-90006) and an accredited member of IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature.


Presidential Message for 2016

The history of modern falconry has, in many ways been written by the fortunes of the Peregrine Falcon. This species is almost synonymous with falconry, certainly Western falconry. Fluctuations in the populations of this resilient and widespread species over the past 60 years and the responses to these fluctuations have determined the practice of modern falconry, the attitudes of others to falconry and, even, the establishment and growth of the IAF. The consideration of down-listing of the Peregrine falcon at the CITES CoP 17 in Johannesburg this year can be seen as bringing this story in full cycle.

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IAF Calendar of Events 2017

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Launch of Perdix Portal

An important falconer-led initiative has been launched in Brussels. Please click on the image to go to the site and go to IAF Facebook page for information and photos of the launch.

Read Dr. Greshake's speech in German


Important Paper by IAF

Vice-president for Europe


Please feel free to quote and use this paper for falconry.



Real Animal Welfare

See our Raptor Welfare website here.



Raptor rehab - Germany 2016




The IAF Biodiversity Working Group has issued an official statement widespread uncontrolled use of Glyphosate weedkiller. In the discussion on re-registration of this very effective herbicide, one significant effect has not been adequately considered: Glyphosate destroys all plant species, the basis of our insect world and all organisms that are dependent on the food chains of them. We are on the way to a silent spring because the richness of species that have developed along-side agriculture for millennia risks being widely destroyed by increasing indiscriminate use of this herbicide.

You can see the full IAF statement here.










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Chilean Authorities applaud falconers who helped in combatting wildlife-crime

When Jeffrey Lendrum, an Irish citizen, was arrested trying to board a flight from the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, bound for Dubai in the UAE, by the wildlife authorities of Brazil (IBAMA) he had in his hand luggage a portable incubator with 4 peregrine falcon eggs.
Latin American Falconers mobilized to assist the authorities to return the eggs to the wild. The challenges and uncertainties were great.
It was an ambitious project, but proved to be an excellent opportunity to show how falconers and authorities can work together to undo the wrongs that others have done.





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New facsimile edition of the magnificent "Vienna Moamyn"

The codex, also known as De Scientia Venandi per Aves or Latin Moamin, was written and illuminated in the late 13th century.

Frederick II of Hohenstaufen (1194-1250), King of Sicily, requested a translation of the text in 1240 it has 101 exquisitely illuminations and more than 80 miniatures of exceptional quality. It deals with all aspects of hunting with birds and dogs. This new facsimile edition of the “Vienna Moamyn” reproduces the manuscript in the original format and colours, in its most minute details. Please click on the image for more information and how to order


The Black Solitary Eagle

Falconers are a driving force in raptor research, conservation and education efforts. American falconer, Stacia Novy, has published both popular and scientific papers on birds-of-prey, the most recent one "Behavioral Notes and Nesting of the Black Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus solitarius) in Belize".  Click image.