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Fauna




Eagles

Eagles

There are several different types of birds of prey (eagles, vultures, hawks, Bustards and so forth) found in the Kyrgyz Republic the largest is the Golden Eagle - Berkut.

The wings of a young Golden Eagle tend to be light coloured with a dark line along the edge an older eagle will have a white tail and the rest of the plumage is a blackish-brown. It takes its name from the golden feathers at the back of the head.

The Grave Eagle has a longer tail and wider wings, with a darker colour than the Golden Eagle, and light spots on its shoulders.
The Steppe Eagle are usually brown, but young ones are a lighter colour and exhibit a range of different shades.

Although expert hunters, eagles are not opposed to eating carrion.

Their eerie are usually to be found on the top of cliffs, although sometimes they can be found in the summit of large fir trees especially in the case of Grave Eagles.

See also the section on Hunting with Eagles.






Fish
Fish
Fish provide an important source of iodine otherwise lacking in the Kyrgyz diet and is a popular form of food.Today, there are some 54 species found in Kyrgyzstan 38 of them indigenous and 16 introduced. The greatest diversity is found in Issyk Kul and the larger rivers depending on the waterflow ...


Cranes
Joost van der Ven, in his book Looking at Birds in the Kyrgyz Republic devotes a special chapter to cranes and the migratory routes that bring three different species to Kyrgyzstan. These long legged, long necked, migratory birds with powerful wings, live either in marshlands on the steppes where ...


Yaks
Yaks
Yaks are large animals, they can reach two metres in height, a relative of cattle. As long ago as 3000 years ago, they were first tamed by man. Domestic yaks tend to be smaller and quieter than wild ones. They dont need special care and they are able to survive on scanty mountain vegetation. As well ...


Wolves
The wolf has a bad reputation throughout the world. Perhaps part of this in modern times is due to the prevelance of Werewolf stories and films. There are a number of species of wolves found throughout the Republic, and their reputation is no better here than elsewhere especially as they seen as a ...


Marco Polo sheep
Marco Polo's Sheep (Ovis ammon polii) are a variety of Argali. They are also known as Great Tibetan Sheep, Pamir Argali, and Great Pamir Sheep. They are mainly known for their characteristicly large swirling horns.Some scholars have doubted the accuracy of Marco Polos accounts of his journey to Cathay ...


Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard
Tigers and cheetahs once roamed through the forests of Kyrgyzstan but the Snow Leopard is the only example of the Big Cats still to be found in Kyrgyzstan. They are extremely athletic capable of making huge leaps over ravines and can bring down prey almost three times their own size. They ...


 
 
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