Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria


Applicant: HR Dr. Harald Barsch, Österreichischer Falknerbund und Zentralstelle Österreichischer Falknervereine (ZÖF)
Province: Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Vienna
Domain: Practices concerning nature
Year of inclusion: 2010

Falconry is the art of hunting with birds. In a strict sense, the term “falconry” is understood as hunting with specially trained falcons. However, hawks, sparrow hawks and eagles have also been introduced to the discipline. Falconry also allows for the breeding of birds of prey.

Falconry is a form of hunting which is closely related to natural prey techniques. Thus, it respects both livestock and its protection. As it is a “quiet” form of hunting, habitat conservation can be respected and natural relations between prey and bird can be maintained. Falconry itself has developed a technical language which has been transferred to everyday language and is still being passed down in speaking and writing.