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Birds hunting in Kyrgyzstan

 Hunting with eagles is also called berkutchi by Kyrgyz people of the Bugu clan living around  Karakol town.

Berkutchy is a life's profession, and in Kyrgyzstan is often a hereditary one. The relationship of the bird and its master is constant, and all-consuming. In the training of a young eagle, the berkutchy must sacrifice his sleep for a long period. For weeks, the growing bird is rendered sightless under its hood until its dependence on its master become complete. Such intimacy must turn into a lifelong trust with the eagle - twenty years or more. It is said that as the man trains the eagle, so does the eagle trains his man. There is a proverb in Kyrgyz: There are three things a real man should have: a fast horse, a hound, and a golden eagle.


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