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 2017

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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Click on image for a PDF of the Presidents' Report for 2017or click here for the text.

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International Falconry Festival, Abu Dhabi, 4-9 December 2017


Reports on the very successful Festival may be found on the designated which also has links to Facebook pages and photo galleries. Please click on the image above.


Winter '17 eNewsletter is online



2018 IAF Council of Delegates Meeting, 50th Aniversary of IAF will be celebrated in Bamberg

The organisation of 2018 IAF Meeting, in conjunction with the next DFO field meet is well advanced and DFO will send out the online invitation at end of October 2017 as a preannouncement so that you can save the date. The website is already online:



German brochure

English brochure




pages and photo albums


International Conference on Stewardship of Biodiversity and Sustainable Use

The proceedings of the conference held in Moyvalley, Ireland in November 2016 are now available to download for free. The conference was hosted by the Irish Hawking Club and IAF, with the support of the Falconry Heritage Trust.              Please click on the image.


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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Centro de Rehabilitacion

El Centro de Rehabilitación de Aves Rapaces "San Isidro" CRARSI, es una institución sin animo de lucro, independiente y en pro de los bienes y servicios que brindan los componentes de la fauna silvestre Colombiana.


Go to the website +.


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



World Falconry Day 2017

See Facebook page for more information


Qatari DNA Project

Click image for information on this pioneering scientific project, launched by Al-Gannas Qatari Society in early 2016, employing state-of-the-art concepts and methods of conservation genetic and genomics.


The silent epidemic that is bird electrocution

Bird electrocution at power lines has been documented for over a century, yet the issue persists and the scale of the problem has increased, such that electrocution is now the single most important cause of mortality for a number of endangered species. The impact of electrocution can be especially severe for globally threatened predators and scavengers such as the Saker Falcon, Steppe Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, White-backed Vulture and Cape Vulture.



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.