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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Falconry Centre

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Falconry Centre

Imqabba Road, Siggiewi, Tel +356 2146 0985; opening hours:Tue-Sunday 09.00-12.00; adults: €6.00, Children: €3.50; shows held at 11am and 2pm; only morning show in summer. 

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The famed Maltese Falcon has been hunted to extinction, so this is perhaps the only place in Malta where falcons still survive. This notwithstanding, hunters still do not seem to have given up their efforts to wipe out these birds completely off the face of the island – the owners of the Falconry Centre claim that a number of their prized birds have been downed by trigger-happy individuals in the area. This is saddening indeed as experiencing these avians up-close is as fascinating as they are majestic

Despite its name, falcons are not the only residents of the Centre as here. you may also see other birds of prey including owls, vultures and eagles – either tethered or in large cages from all corners of the globe. The birds seem to be affectionately cared for by their owners who have branded them with such amusing names as Igor and Junk-o – the latter for his seemingly insatiable appetite for junk food.

Shows are held at 11:00am and 2:00pm. In the summer months, only the morning show is held, with the possibility of an additional performance in the evening. If you are lucky enough to be in a small group, you may even be given the opportunity to allow the birds to perch on your gloved hand and feed them. It's quite fascinating - take it from me!