Houbara bustard (Scientific Name: Chlamydotis undulata) (3/10)

This magnificent bird has not only become endangered as a species but it has also caused political rows in Pakistan many times. Houbara bustard is a rare breed of migratory birds. They travel in thousands every winter from Central Asia to the arid plains of Southern Pakistan. They are found in the Tharparkar region of Pakistan. Although like Markhor, Pakistan has illegalized the hunting of houbara bustards as well, but still every year special permits are issued to the dignitaries from the Middle East to hunt them. To the Arabs they are not just exciting hunting sport, but they also relish the meat of these birds. According to some estimates, approximately 2,000 birds are killed every year as part of this hunting.

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