Illegally shot protected birds reported every day – Birdlife Malta

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Birdlife Malta said that since the start of this year’s spring hunting season on Friday, they and police have recovered one illegally shot protected bird every day, for a total of five known illegally shot protected birds.

  • Friday 10th            Common Kestrel (Spanjulett)
  • Saturday 11th       European Bee-eater (Qerd in-Naħal)
  • Sunday 12th          Hoopoe (Daqquqa tat-Toppu)
  • Monday 13th         Common Kestrel (Spanjulett)
  • Tuesday 14th        Collared Dove (Gamiema tal-Kullar)

In a post on Facebook, Birdlife Malta said that on Friday a dead Common Kestrel was retrieved by the Gozo Police from Għajnsielem, on Saturday a member of the public found a European Bee-eater at Salina with damage to its right wing, on Sunday a Hoopoe was found by the public in Floriana with an injury to its left wing, on Monday another Common Kestrel with a broken wing was found by a Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) team in Birżebbuġa, and on Tuesday a Collared Dove with an open fracture to its left wing was found by a member of the public in Wardija.

The first five pictures in this post show the first five known illegally shot protected birds we've recovered since the…

Posted by BirdLife Malta on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Birdlife Malta said that all birds were taken to the MaltaGov veterinarian who confirmed they were illegally shot.

The NGO also said that it has witnessed more protected birds being shot at during the past days, such as the Grey Heron which was observed in flight over Għadira with very evident gunshot injuries to one of its wings.

Birdlife Malta noted that the hunting season runs until the 30th of April and the only huntable species this year is supposed to be Quail.