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Buzzard-hawking in de Middeleeuwen - buizerds als prooi bij de Valkenjacht ?

Author: Jørn Zeiler

Year of Publication: 2007

Source: Paleo-aktueel 18

Publisher: Paleo-aktueel

Place of Publication: Netherlands

Issue: 18

Pages: 144-148

Language: Dutch

Interesting article in Dutch on Buzzard-hawking.

Summary : “Buzzard-hawking” in the
Middle-Ages – buzzards as a prey
in falconry?
Skeletal remains of birds of prey are quite regularly
found in archaeological contexts. As far
as (post)medieval sites are concerned, some of
these can be connected with falconry. This applies
to bones of sparrow-hawk (Accipiter nisus),
goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), peregrine
falcon (Falco peregrinus) and possibly also
hobby (Falco subbuteo). As the kestrel (Falco
tinnunculus) seems to have been rarely used
in falconry, its remains are more likely to come
from locally breeding birds. Bones of common
buzzard (Buteo buteo) at castle sites are harder
to explain, as buzzard was never used in falconry
and does not breed in these places. In this contribution
the possibility is discussed that there might
yet be a link with falconry, though an unexpected
one, with buzzards being part of the falconers’
game bag. It appears that until recently, both
in Europe and beyond, kites (Milvus sp.) were
hunted by falconers, a phenomenon known as
“kite-hawking”. Besides, there are several recent
cases of buzzards being caught unintentionally
by falconers’ hawks or falcons.

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