Huge massacre of migratory falcons an annual event in
Our thanks to by Shashank Dalvi and Ramki Sreenivasan of Conservation India for most of the information and all of the images for this article.
Amur falcons migrate from southern Africa to
and eastern ,
and back, every year, an extraordinary round-trip of some 14,000 miles. China
However as many as 100,000 falcons (some estimate even more) are killed on their migration when they reach
north-eastern state of Nagaland. Witnesses claim that tens of thousands of Amur
falcons are being trapped and slaughtered every day during their migration. India
According to Conservation India: "We estimate that during the peak migration 12,000 - 14,000 birds are being hunted for consumption and commercial sale every day. We further estimate that a mind-boggling 120,000 to 140,000 birds are being slaughtered in Nagaland every year during their passage through the state."
This is probably the single largest congregation of Amur falcons recorded anywhere in the world and it is tragic that they meet such a fate.
It is significant to note that
as a signatory to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), is duty bound to
prevent this massacre, provide safe passage, as well as draw up appropriate
action plans for the long-term conservation of this bird. In the recently
concluded Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), of which India is the
president for the next two years, the importance of CMS in conserving species,
and especially in stopping bushmeat hunting, was repeatedly stressed. India
In October this year, a group from Conservation India travelled to Doyang Reservoir in Wokha district of Nagaland to check out information that thousands of falcons were being hunted annually on the banks of the Doyang Reservoir during their passage through Nagaland. The trip confirmed our worst fears.