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falconry

(fôl`kənrē, fô`–, făl`–), sport of hunting birds or small animals with falcons or other types of hawks; eagles are used in some parts of the world. It was known to the ancient Chinese, Persians, and Egyptians. Falconry probably spread from Asia to Eastern Europe and then to Western Europe. It became one of the chief sports of royalty and the nobility and attained its greatest popularity in late medieval and early modern Europe. After the 17th cent., falconry declined, and subsequent revivals never brought it into the favor it once enjoyed. It has limited popularity in W Europe, S Asia, and Japan. Falconry has never been very popular in the United States, largely because the laws of many states prohibit the employment of hawks to kill game. The birds, usually peregrine falcons, employed by falconers are taken when young from their nests. They are subjected to a rigorous course of training, in which they learn to fly, when released, at the quarry; to leave the prey untouched after killing it; and to sit quietly, when hooded, on the falconer's wrist.

Bibliography

See F. Illingworth, Falcons and Falconry (2d ed. 1964); F. Beebe, A Falconry Manual (1984); P. Glasier, Falconry and Hawking (3d ed. 1998).

falconry

1. the art of keeping falcons and training them to return from flight to a lure or to hunt quarry
2. the sport of causing falcons to return from flight to their trainer and to hunt quarry under his direction
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The Fazza Championship for Falconry - Telwah will see competition in the Sheikhs and General Public categories, in addition to contests for Juniors, Locals and GCC participants during the 14-day tournament, in addition to RC Airplanes category.
Following is the schedule of events for Fazza Championship for Falconry - Telwah with competition scheduled to begin at 9.00 am on each day.
The top 10 birds in each classification will qualify for the Telwah Final on February 9, from which the five fastest falcons will make it to the two Super Finals to be held two days later.
"The staging of such a championship only serves to enhance falconry's standing as a prominent heritage sport here in Dubai and it underlines the UAE's position as the preeminent pioneer of falconry - among other associated cultural pastimes and pursuits - in the Arab world," added Dumaithan bin Swaidan, the Head of Committee for the Fazza Championship for Falconry Telwah.
It is therefore really encouraging to see such a high number of Emirati and GCC entries in the 'Hurr Wahsh Farkh' and the 'Hurr Wahsh Jernaas' categories of the Fazza Championship for Falconry Telwah."
Over a thousand falcons showed off their skills during the second and third day of the Fazza Championship for Falconry Telwah. Organised by the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC), dozens of falconers are participating in this year's tournament, which started last Saturday in Al Ruwayyah, Dubai.
The terms of the juniors' competition stipulate that the falconer releasing the bird and the holder of the telwah (prey) at the finish line must be in the same junior category in which the age of participants cannot exceed 14 years.
Dubai:The first event on the calender of this season of the Fazza Championship for Falconry, that is being hosted by Dubai, called First Telwah starts tomorrow.