Houbara Bustard


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Houbara Bustard

 

(Otis undulata), a bird in the family Otididae of the order Gruiformes. Body length, 65-80 cm. The feathers are sandy gray with dark specks; it has a crest on the head and a collar of white and black feathers on the neck.

The Houbara bustard is found in the deserts and semi-deserts of North Africa and Asia (east to western Mongolia). In the USSR it is distributed from Transcaucasia to Tuva. The Houbara bustard is cautious, runs well, and flies well, although usually close to the ground. Most Houbara bustards are migratory. They nest in individual pairs. Two or three eggs are laid in a hole in the ground. Only the female broods and takes care of the young. They feed on plant bulbs and shoots, insects, and reptiles. They do not drink, as the moisture contained in their food is sufficient. The Houbara bustard was formerly hunted, but recently its numbers decreased drastically and hunting is now prohibited.

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The former CJ initially put ban on hunting of Houbara Bustard but later recalled the order and directed the registrar office to fix the petitions before an appropriate bench afresh.
The number of houbara bustard which is their favorite hunt is on the decline and recently some princes came on a week-long hunting trip but returned on the third day due to the absence of these birds,' Dr Umer said.
Provincial representatives told the meeting that the number of houbara bustards was fast decreasing due to unaccounted hunting, as well as, degradation of its natural habitat.
Lahore [Pakistan], Feb 1 ( ANI ): The Lahore High Court has withdrawn the ban on hunting of an endangered migratory bird houbara bustard.
The court observed that during the hearing of Houbara bustard case, it verbally imposed ban on hunting of houbara bustard on basis of report of houbara bustard commission while invoking precautionary principle.
Since the birds are of the blood-line of Pakistan's resident Houbara population, it is hoped that most of the birds will settle for breeding, to repopulate the Pakistani resident Houbara bustard.
In the Arabian peninsula, huge projects have been established to breed houbara bustards in captivity and restock the bird in their natural habitats.
The most popular prey is the Houbara bustard, a large, fast bird, which lives throughout the Middle East.
A close relationship (100% identity) was observed between the flamingo poxvirus and isolates from great bustard (Hungary 2005), house sparrow (Morocco 2009), MacQueen's bustard (Morocco 2011), and Houbara bustard (Morocco 2010 and 2011), suggesting interspecies transmission as a possible source of infection.
Conserving endangered species like the Houbara Bustard is Pakistan's national responsibility.
The annual growth of Houbara bustard in Pakistan has climbed to 40,000 while the Arab brothers have also shown concerns over the birds protection in the country.
That's why news that a demonstration in Pakistan demanding the end a ban on Hunting the houbara bustard might make you do a double-take.