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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.
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.
Lahore [Pakistan], Feb 1 ( ANI ): The Lahore High Court has withdrawn the ban on hunting of an endangered migratory bird houbara bustard.
Talking to provincial representatives, he said the present government was serious to protect Houbara Bastard species in Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD: A hunting party of eight, including Arab nationals, were arrested while illegally hunting houbara bustard birds in the southwestern province of Baluchistan on Saturday, a Pakistan Forest Division official has told Arab News.
Plus grave encore, des espAaAaAeA ces emblmatiques et protges comme la gazelle de Cuvier, mouflon manchettes ou l'outarde houbara sont menaces.
Hunters may only chase after Houbara bustards and other birds, rabbits and gazelles using falcons and saluki dogs.
One such pavilion belongs to the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IHFC), an organisation that works towards the conservation of the wild bird species.
The most popular prey, the houbara bustard, a large, fast bird which lives throughout the Middle East is now being hunted to the point of extinction.
KUWAIT, Sept 5 (KUNA) -- The Environment Public Authority released on Monday 100 birds, Houbara Bustards, into the Kuwaiti wilderness as part of a plan to conserve this unique species.