As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 21 September 2012

24 Rare Birds Found In Plane In Kazakhstan

Photo: Wikipedia
Kazakhstan's National Security Committee says that 24 rare falcons have been discovered in Almaty onboard a plane bound for Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates.

The birds had been placed in three bags inside the plane's luggage compartment in an apparent attempt to smuggle them out of the country.

Investigators are working on tracking down the bags' owner.

The saker falcon (Falco cherrug) is a rare species protected by international and Kazakh law.

Saker falcons are used for hunting by the elite in Persian Gulf states. The average price for such a bird on the Central Asian black market ranges between $10,000 and $15,000.

Illegal trafficking of saker falcons from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to Persian Gulf countries was frequent in the 1990s.

More on the saker falcon (Falco cherrug):

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