Thumbnail Filmstrip of Abba Raptor Restraint - Four Sizes Available, Made of Breathable Cotton Images
DescriptionFalcon shown in Abba.
Small: $21.95: Kestrels, Merlins, Sharpies or similar sized birds.
(8" wide x 11" long)
Medium: $23.95: Cooper's, Male Prairie or similar sized birds.
(11" wide x 12" long)
Large: $25.95: Peregrine, Female Prairie, Male Harris or similar sized bird.
(13" wide x 16" long)
X-Large: $27.95: Red-tailed Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks or similar sized bird.
(15" wide x 20" long)
The Abba is a safe way to immobilize a raptor for trimming beaks & imping or keeping a freshly trapped raptor calm until it is safe at home. It is made of breathable cotton with wing slots and attached elastic strap. This method of restraint protects the feathers from being badly ruffled or broken and it also allows the bird to breath freely.
The Arabic word Abba means "cloak" and it, like many Arabic words, is variously spelled (Abba, Aba or Abbah with Abbi being plural).
Birds about to be cloaked in an Abba should be hooded immediately to reduce stress. Then the birds' wrists should be slipped in the pockets at the top of the Abba and the remainder of the cloth is tucked under the wings. Next, the elastic strap is wrapped around the tarsi and tied in place. Our Abba has a neat little button to help keep the strap from coming unwrapped. Each Abba comes with a detailed instruction sheet for proper usage. (Handle the bird carefully and ensure that it does not become overheated--keep in mind that a trained bird may struggle much more than a wild-trapped bird. Birds cloaked in an Abba should not be left unattended.) You should always have a few sizes on hand when going trapping.