Eagle hunting in Kyrgyzstan is one of the most interesting things.
The practice of hunting with birds is an ancient tradition which takes an important place in Kyrgyz culture therefore it is read a piece of information here.
A person that domesticates and trains an eagle, huts with eagles is called berkutchi. Berkutchi have always been highly respected in Kyrgyz society, as they were able to provide enough meat and fur not only for a family but for a whole village. This type of hunting was part and parcel of Kyrgyz's everyday nomadic life. Also it was kind of competition where men could demonstrate their abilities and skills. Interesting fact is that not every men could become a berkutchi. The skills of bird taming and training were passed down from one generation to another. And only the rich could afford it as the training and keeping of hunting birds was costly.
The magnificent mountain localities of Kyrgyzstan is a home to the berkut (golden eagles), which takes its name from the golden feathers at the back of its head. The berkut generally hunts hares, foxes and lynxes. But female birds are bigger and therefore more suitable for hunting wolves.The life expectancy of a golden eagle is 40-50 years. Birds are caught young, must be trained by one person which lasts for 3-4 years, after about 20 years the berkutchiwould release her to the wild so that she could find a mate and nest. Eagle pairs stay together for life. The season of hunting is from late October, and lasts for about 4 months.Hunters tamed and trained not only eagles but hawks, falcons as well.
Our managers will help you to see a demonstration of eagle hunting show in Issyk Kul, Naryn region and near to Bishkek. Price : $100 per group.
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