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Interesting reading indeed StraitsBirder.
Quite a few years ago I was invited to a barbecue at a Spanish “friends” house where the little birds on the grill that I thougth were farmed quail turned out to be various species of thrush. Wintering on his land from northern climes… “There are thousands of them everywhere” he told me as he opened his chest freezer containing hundreds of mistle, song thrush and redwings.
The worst similarity between your kite story and mine is that he also had more than one necklace made out of rings from birds legs. This was 15 years ago or more now and I haven’t been invited to another barbecue.
In fact he’s never spoken to me since due to the argument that ensued about how in this day and age he wasn’t a starving peasant providing a food supply for his family. Times had changed here in Andalucia and he was just hunting them because he enjoyed it… He even said that most didnt have enough meat on them to even bother eating.
Unlike the people that Helen mentions in Africa that, in many cases I am sure, still have this need.
Its a contentious subject matter thats for sure