Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V. Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e. V.
Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

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Poaching in Lebanon - bird species affected

CABS staff with shot white stork
CABS staff with shot white stork

In Lebanon, almost all bird species that breed or migrate here are affected by hunting and poaching. More than 250 of the 400 bird species ever observed in Lebanon have been recorded as shot or trapped. This makes Lebanon an exception, as in most countries the hunting traditions that have developed are usually limited to a relatively manageable selection of species. In Lebanon, literally everything that flies is shot or caught.

Nevertheless, some species are significantly more affected than others. In an evaluation of trophy pictures in 2014, we analysed 598 pictures posted by hunters on social media with a total of 13,164 shot birds. 11,213 of the animals could be reliably identified. These comprised 143 species, including numerous endangered European species for which considerable conservation efforts are being made, such as Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus), Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Bittern (Botaurus stellaris), Crane (Grus grus), Corncrake (Crex crex), European Roller (Coracias garrulus), Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Ortolan (Emberiza hortulana) and Oriole (Oriolus oriolus).

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