UAE releases 100 bustards in Uzbekistan

June 13th, 2011 - 9:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, June 13 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has released 100 captive-bred Houbara Bustards into the wild in Uzbekistan as part of a wildlife programme.

The Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation released the captive-bred bustards in Bukhara. It would release a total of 350 such birds under the UAE Houbara Captive Breeding programme.

The Houbara Bustard is 60 cm long with a 140 cm wingspan. It is brown and white, with a black stripe down the sides of its neck. It is found in the Canary Islands, North Africa, Iran, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan and the UAE. It breeds in deserts and arid sandy areas.

Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister of the UAE, said: “We are proud today that these birds will never be extinct and their population is increasing rapidly.”

The birds were fitted with satellite transmitters to monitor their journey and adaptation to the natural habitat.

–IANS/WAM
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