The following is a list
of reading material recommended by the
North American Falconers Association.
There are several good
book dealers who will be able to
supply you with the items below.
Are you a falconer who
There are also good
reference books available:
Trying To Make Up Your Mind?
A BOND WITH
North American Falconer’s
Association. 1993. North American
Falconers Association. Berthoud, CO.
207pg. (out of print) Twenty-four
essays by several of the best modern
falconers trying to explain why we
go to all the effort and expense of
falconry. A great book on the
"why-we-do" of falconry.
THE LURE OF
FALCONRY - video
California Hawking Club. 1991.
This 20-minute video is an excellent
introduction to our sport; contains
information hard to find from other
sources. The educational video
reveals the incredible partnership
between humans and birds of prey,
and it is a good introduction to the
art of falconry. It explains how
state and federal regulations
protect both the raptors flown in
falconry, as well as wild raptor
populations. The video is especially
useful to the prospective falconer
who is trying to make up their mind
to "take the plunge," as well as the
experienced falconer. It is the best
video to illustrate both the risks
and the rewards of this ancient,
Basic Knowledge And Studying For The
(2nd edition), Beebe, F. L.
1992. Hancock House, Blaine. 197pg.
This is an excellent companion to
the previous California Hawking Club
products. This book, when added to
the video, the study guide, and
apprentice manual, should be able to
help you make the final decision to
become a falconer and provide with
the basic information that would
help you pass "The Test."
Holderman, F.W. (Ed.). 1998.
California Hawking Club. 110pg.
This study guide helps you prepare
for the falconry exam that is
required by the US Fish & Wildlife
Service and is administered by
individual states. It provides
questions similar (not identical) to
those included on the exam, and it
provides explanations for correct
answers. The study guide covers
identification, natural history,
hunting and falconry techniques,
health and illnesses, and an up-to
date section on laws and
California Hawking Club. In
This is a narrative supplement to
the California Hawking Club
APPRENTICE STUDY GUIDE.
Your Equipment And
Kimsey, B.A and J. Hodge. 1998. (2nd
Publications, Houston, TX. 184pg.
After you pass the test, you will
need to get your equipment and
facilities together to pass the
required inspection. This book
and your sponsor will be your
best guides to hawk houses (mews),
weathering areas, perches, and a
variety of falconry equipment to
properly care for a bird.
Training, and Hunting
KESTRELS IN MODERN FALCONRY
Mullenix, M. 2002. Western Sporting
Publications, Ranchester, WY. 139
The first and only hawking guide
that is devoted completely to
training and caring for the
challenging American kestrel. This
book is an excellent companion to
the books on the red-tailed hawk,
and it is an absolute necessity
if you are considering a kestrel.
Brewer, G. 1995.. GLB Publications,
Chandler, TX. 135pg.
Highly focused on the art of
squirrel hunting in dense woods with
red-tails and Harris' hawks.
Exceptionally reader friendly.
SELECTIONS FROM HAWK CHALK --
Conditioning and Training
Shor, W. 1997, North American
This set of selected articles have
been reprinted from the pages of
HAWK CHALK (the NAFA newsletter) and
discuss the latest training and
conditioning techniques, including
operant conditioning and click
Both of the
following manuals are devoted to
training and caring for the passage
red-tail hawk. While other authors
have covered a variety of subjects
for all levels of falconers,
McGranaghan and Oakes have focused
on the passage red-tail in a way
that particularly benefits
apprentice or beginner falconers.
Topics range from
manning and hunting.
Oakes, W. 1993. -- A Guide to
Training the Red-Tailed Hawk. EagleWing Publishing, Warrens,
McGranaghan, L. 1996. -- A
complete guide to training and
hunting North America's most
versatile game hawk. Privately
On The Basics -- Achieving Greater
AND PRACTICES OF FALCONRY
Oswald, A. 1982. . Spearman,
Oswald discusses the history of
falconry from our shadowy beginnings
until the modern day. Many falconry
books cover little, if any, of the
history of falconry, but this one is
devoted to the topic. The small
volume lends perspective to the
traditions of our sport.
AND THE COWBOY
McKay, P. 1989. . McGraw-Hill
Publisher. Co., New York, NY. 214pg.
All falconers, young and old, must
constantly be reminded about
Operation Falcon -- one of the
'darkest events' in American
falconry. This book, written by
investigative journalist Paul McKay,
recounts this undercover sting
operation that culminated in June,
1984. The author illustrates how a
few individuals were able to
'create' a black market in falcons
that resulted in several falconers
being enticed into breaking the law.
Ford, E. 1992. Blandford,
Very much the British equivalent to
Frank L. Beebe’s A FALCONRY MANUAL,
Ms. Ford covers falconry in England,
where the handling the birds is very
similar, but the laws and
regulations are quite different as
compare to in North America.
FALCONRY AND HUNTING HAWKS
Beebe, F.L and H. M. Webster.
1994. (7th edition). Privately
printed, Denver, CO. 540pg.
One of the most comprehensive books
on falconry, this masterpiece covers
the depth and breadth of falconry in
North America, with somewhat of an
emphasis on long wings. [NLP]
THE BIRD OF PREY
Fox, N. 1995. Hancock, Blaine.
Primarily a technical book about
birds of prey, Chapters 7 and 8
discuss hunting with raptors
(falconry) and the interactions
between raptors and humans that
lends additional insights to the how
we work with our birds.
. . .WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY
McElroy, H. 1996. . Privately
Written and published by one of
America’s foremost short-wing
falconers, this book expands on the
apgrentice’s perspectives to include
the accipiters and Harris' hawks.
Perkins, D. 2008. Privately
Former NAFA President
and Author Darryl A. Perkins has
captured the essence of this
northern predator of the boreal
forest and gives the reader an
intimate glance into the psyche and
training of this magnificent bird.
THE IMPRINT ACCIPITER II
McDermott, M. 2009.
Western Sporting, 2nd Edition 272pg.
A superbly written
book by Mike McDermott that has a
great new wealth of information
about training the Northern Goshawk,
Coopers hawk and Sharp-shinned hawk.
A full color edition with many new
pictures, graphs and illustrations.
THE Harris's Hawk Revolution
Coulson, Jenifer and Tom 2012.
Parabuteo Publishing, L.L.C., 661pg.
This falconry book is specifically designed to
help falconers become better caretakers, trainers,
and hunters, to help breeders increase production,
and to make captive bred raptors better falconry
birds and hunting hawks. The Coulsons teach about
husbandry, rearing, training, socialization,
scouting, hunting, selective breeding, and captive
And Modern Classics
Some of the following books may no
longer be in print, and most are
considered classics on falconry and
birds of prey. If you're lucky, you
might be able to locate a copy to check
out of a library or borrow one from
another falconer. If you're really
lucky, you might be able to purchase on
for your own bookshelf, but expect to
pay the price. As for obtaining your own
personal copy, these books occasionally
appear on lists of book available from
book vendors or in silent auctions.
Another source might be by obtaining one
free as a door prize at a falconry meet
or a picnic (that is if you're really,
VENANDI CUM AVIBUS ("The Art of
Emperor Fredrick II of
Hohenstaufen. 1248. Translated and
edited by C.A. Wood and F.M. Fyfe in
1943 (later reprinted in 1955 and
reissued in 1961), Stanford
University Press, Stanford, CA.
You won't find any more of a classic
book on falconry than this one -- it
was the first major work published
on falconry, and has been acclaimed
in ornithological textbooks as a
hallmark book on the study of birds.
Although it has been 750 years since
this treatise was written, much of
it was penned in a manner that
reflects the knowledge and
experience of some of the best
modern falconers. Not only does it
address the training and hunting of
birds of prey, but it contains a
wealth of information on the ecology
and behavior of waterfowl and upland
game birds as well.
White, T.H. 1996. Lyons and
Burford Co., New York, NY. 215pg.
This book was first published in
1951. It is a well-written classic
about a man learning about falconry.
A HAWK FOR THE
Mavrogordato, J. 1960. Clarkson
N. Potter, Inc. New York, NY. 206pg.
A classic book on training
shortwings, with an emphasis on Old
World short-winged hawks. Expect to
pay big bucks for this book, if you
can find a copy (out of print and in
THE ART AND
PRACTICE OF HAWKING (7th edition)
Mitchell, E.B. 1971. Charles T.
Branford Co., Newton, MA. 291pg.
This classic book on falconry in
Great Britain was first published in
1900. This reference is better for
providing a glimpse of what falconry
was like during the late 1800's in
England, rather than being a guide
for the practice of falconry in
North America today.
ON MODERN FALCONRY
Stevens, R. 1978. .
Falconiformes Press Ltd., Saskatoon,
Sask. 112pg. (ISBN 0-920158-04-8)
An excellent text that entirely
lacks pictures and diagrams. Yet,
this book provides excellent food
for thought and reflection for
someone who has already trained a
couple of birds. It has brief but
excellent passages on hooding,
hacking, and the gyrfalcon.
History And Biology Of
OF NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS OF PREY
(Vol. I & II)
Bent, A.C. 1937-1938. ,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington,
D.C. 409pg & 482 pg.
These two volumes, which are part of
a larger set of volumes dedicated to
the life histories of all North
American birds, represent one of the
most comprehensive looks into the
lives of raptors. Have plenty of
time available, if you should choose
to read these two volumes cover to
ECOLOGY OF RAPTORS
Newton, I. 1979. , Buteo Books,
Vermilion, SD. 399pg.
Dr. Ian Newton is considered by many
authorities to be the leading raptor
biologist in the world. In this
book, he synthesizes virtually all
of the published literature that
existed on raptor population biology
at the time of publication. The book
truly sets a standard for what is
known and what is not known about
raptor population dynamics and
population interactions. While it is
"a must" for any professional raptor
biologist, its readability lends it
also to being a leading choice to
occupy the bookshelf of most
falconers and raptor enthusiasts.
AND FALCONS OF THE WORLD
Brown, L. and D. Amadon. 1989.
The Wellfleet Press, Secaucus, NJ.
Originally printed as a two-volume
set in 1968, this single-bound
edition was reprinted to make this
standard reference more available.
It is one of the most, if not the
most, cited reference on birds of
prey of the world. An excellent
resource, especially if your
interest in raptors goes beyond the
North American continent.
AND FALCONS OF NORTH AMERICA
Johnsgard, P.A. 1990. .
Smithsonian Institution Press,
Washington, D.C. 403pg.
This is an excellent reference to
the biology of North American
raptors. It contains some of the
most concise, accurate, and detailed
descriptions on numerous aspects of
Dunne, P., 1995. 263pg.
Not a book about falconry, but
written by one of the premier bird
watchers in North America, this
books gives us a glimpse into the
inner workings of our raptor's
HAWKS IN THE
HAND (2nd edition)
Craighead, F. & J. 1997. Lyons
and Burford Co., New York, NY.
Originally published in 1939, this
highly readable book spins a web of
birds, dogs and people that has
entrapped and entertained falconers
and falconer "wanna-be’s" over the
decades since if first was
published. It remains entertaining
and applicable today.
These three books are intended for the
identification of birds of prey, mostly
in the field. Dunne et al. describes how
to tell raptors apart as they soar
lazily overhead or from snatched
glimpses as they fly away. The first
Clark and Wheeler book is your basic
Peterson field guide, which obviously is
dedicated to diurnal raptors. The second
book adds the depth of color to the
Dunne, P., D. Sibley, and C. Sutton.
1988. . Houghton-Mifflin, Boston,
GUIDE TO THE
HAWKS OF NORTH AMERICA
Clark, W.S. and B.K. Wheeler. 1987.
Houghton-Mifflin, Boston, MA. 198pg.
GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN RAPTORS
B.K., and W. S. Clark. 1996. (2nd
edition). Academic Press. 216pg.
MANAGEMENT OF CAPTIVE BIRDS OF PREY
Redig, P.T. 1993. (2nd edition).
The Raptor Center, St. Paul, MN.
The essential medical manual for
beginners, with a special chapter on
the care and maintenance of falconry
ASPECTS OF CAPTIVE BIRDS OF PREY
Cooper, J.E. 1978. The Standfast
Press, Gloucestershire, U.K. 256+pg.
This is an excellent book on raptor
diseases and injuries. It is quite
technical in nature, but is a good
one for the bookshelf.
Redig, P.T., J.E. Cooper, D.
Remple, and B. Hunter. 1993.
University of Minnesota Press,
Minneapolis, MN. 288pg.
This is an excellent but highly
technical veterinary manual on birds
of prey. A bit advanced for
beginners, but an excellent
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