Eagle and Sparrow-Hawk Are Becoming Extinct in Kundoz-Afghanistan

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Eagle and Sparrow-Hawk Are Becoming Extinct in Kundoz-Afghanistan

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sparrow-hawk and eagle after hunting are smuggled to Arabic countries through Pakistan and Arabs use them to get precious stones from the depth of the oceans.

Environment Protection Department of Kundoz says that generation of these two types of birds is becoming extinct and if they are not protected, their generation will be lost completely.

Sadruddin Sayah, Head of Kundoz Environment Protection Department said that according to conjectured statistics of the locals, tens of valuable sparrow-hawk are hunted and smuggled to abroad from different parts of the province annually.

He added, “Only in the last year more than 50 valuable sparrow-hawks were hunted form Abdan Desert, Air King Mountains, Qara Batour, Shabaqaly Desert, wild areas of Aqtash, and Khan Abad, Chahar Dara, Ali Abad districts, and Zal village and have been smuggled to Iran, Pakistan and Arabic countries.”

Sayah also added, “These regions were a proper abode for birds in the past especially for eagles and sparrow-hawks, but now a small number of these birds is remained.”

According to Head of Kundoz Environment Protection Department, Arabic traders buy these two rare and valuable types of birds. These birds hunt fish from oceans.

It is worth mentioning that some fish eat precious stones in the depth of the oceans; eagles bring his owner the fish after hunting. Through this way precious stones are gotten.

According to the source, eagle is more expensive than sparrow-hawk and the main difference between these two is that eagle goes in depth of oceans and recognizes precious stone in one glance and bring it out. But sparrow-hawk recognizes precious stones rarely or it goes in oceans many times to find it.

Also eagle is more expert in hunting because of its cleverness; it is trained by men easily. In contrast, sparrow-hawk is trained later. Among valuable birds, eagle is becoming extinct more and recently, a limited number of this bird is seen.

According to Head of Kundoz Environment Protection Department, “Eagle is happy on high and calm mountains; 10 years ago when there was security, this bird was found in some areas of Konduz, especially mountains of Aqhtash in Khan Abad District.

But when there was war between governmental and the opposite forces in the few last years, these eagles may probably have gone to Badakhshan, Takhar and Tajikistan mountains; thus they are rarely seen in Kundoz.

 

Source: Pazhwak

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