This is a documentation of the shocking massacre of tens of thousands of migratory Amur Falcons Falco amurensis in the remote state of Nagaland in India’s northeast. We estimate that during the peak migration 12,000 – 14,000 birds are being hunted for consumption and commercial sale everyday. 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. Our team has alerted all appropriate authorities in Nagaland. Government officials we spoke to have committed to put an end to the slaughter and have initiated specific action steps outlined below. Conservation India will continue to monitor and report on the situation.
Amur Falcon © Sam Woods – Tropical Birding, from the surfbirds galleries.
In October, huge numbers of Amur Falcons arrive in north-east India from Siberia en route to their final destination – Somalia, Kenya and South Africa. This handsome little raptor has one of the longest migration routes of all birds, up to 22,000 km in a year. The birds are unusual in that they migrate a large distance over the sea and also continue their journey at night.