1. Why are Falcons hooded?

Falcons are hooded to help keep them calm and to reduce their stress.

2. What are the most common cases seen at SWFH?
The most common cases seen at SWFH are bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. We also see many cases where the feathers have been damaged. You will also see fractures, breaks and soft tissue injuries.
3. How long does a falcon live for?
Falcons can live up to 20 years in captivity if looked after well. In the wild however it is more difficult to put a number on it.
4. How can you tell the difference between a male and a female falcon?
Generally the male is smaller in size and weight than the female, and only very experienced falconers may be able to tell the gender of a falcon visually. With hybrid falcons however it is near impossible, as there is no size difference between the two genders.

Medically we can confirm the gender of a falcon by two ways, either by the use of an endoscopy or genetically.

5. Why do people keep falcons?
Why do people keep any animal? For Qataris it is their culture and tradition that is passed on father to son. It is a pastime and a great way to hunt.
6. Why is falcon treatment so cheap at SWFH?

SWFH is a non-profit government run hospital, dedicated to falcon care.

7. How many falcons do you see in a day?

During the peak hunting and training season between September and January, we will treat anywhere between 130 – 150 falcons per day.

8. Can falcon diseases be passed onto humans?

The simple answer is yes. However it is not common. The most well known are viral diseases, for example Avian influenza.

9. What services are provided at SWFH?
Please check our services page.
10. Do you have tours at SWFH?

For all tours and media related queries please email our medical coordinator Alhakam Taymoor at ataymoor@peo.gov.qa