Week 2 – Falcon | National Bird of the UAE

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Falcon is the national bird of UAE and is a symbol of force and courage, recognizing the importance of falconry in Arab tradition and culture. The falcon species has always been regarded as a very uncommon and shy bird, and it is very rarely met with by amateur birdwatchers (Ali 1968). Arabs constitute 1/3rd part of the world’s falconers. Falcons are fast flying hunters suited for taking prey in the air. In this pesticide era they are facing serious ecological risks, as their position is at the top of the biological pyramids.

Falcons are strong, fast fliers with great aerial agility. They seldom soar in the manner of hawks. The peregrine has been clocked at 290 km/h (180 mph) in a stoop, or dive. This speed and agility make falcons successful hunters of birds, reptiles, and small mammals. A number of species, however, are insectivorous or eaters of carrion. Although falcons strike or grasp their prey with their sharp claws, they generally kill the captured prey with their beaks. The short-winged hawks kill with their claws.


15 thoughts on “Week 2 – Falcon | National Bird of the UAE”

      1. Actually, my ex has lived there for about 8 years now. She says she’s getting a bit tired of the city — too much glamor she says. lol But it sounds amazing to me!

      2. Well yeah, it depends on how you see it. For me, I find it very safe and convenient but I can’t deny I missed the tropical country that I have grown up with – Philippines. Looking forward for my holiday this September. Thanks for the tip btw, me and my boyfriend are planning to stay in Boracay for a week. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

      3. You’ll LOVE Boracay if you haven’t been there before. I was planning to go back my last trip but only made it to Palawan. Also a cool place to visit — well, El Nido is. Anyway, happy travels!

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