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Kuwait night bird

IRVIN SABASTIAN N JOSE

Special for the Kuwaiti era


European birds travel surprisingly to Africa each year to escape the harsh winters of Europe, covering thousands of kilometers before reaching their destination, and then returning to European breeding grounds. The feat that birds accomplish to complete this annual migration has long surprised science.

Birds often follow many well-known paths to reach Africa, one of which is through Kuwait. Known as the Eastern Flyway, this trail connects Europe and parts of Asia with Africa. Kuwait is one of the countries where birds have chosen to rest and recharge on this long journey. In Kuwait, the main resting places for these birds are usually oases and farmlands.

In this group of migratory birds, I was always fascinated by night birds like owls and nightjars. Kuwait is home to three species of owls, but is visited by four migratory birds and two nightjars. Since these are nocturnal birds, they have always been characters in superstitious stories.

First, let’s learn about the three owls that live in Kuwait. They are the Pharaoh Eagle, the Little Owl, and the Western Barn Owl, which remain and breed in Kuwait during all seasons. These are found in various ecological niches of Kuwait, where little owls seek rocky terrain and hills, and little owls seek that little owls evacuate to rocky valleys and breed in small natural caves. increase. The Western Barn Owl, unlike the two owls mentioned above, is actively looking for shelter near human settlements and farms.

There are four types of owls that pass through Kuwait on the move: long-eared owls, short-eared owls, Pallid scops owls, and scops owls. They stay in Kuwait for several days during the ongoing migration and are usually found on Kuwait’s farms. With the exception of short-eared owls, everyone wants to evacuate to large trees, but short-eared owls prefer to stay on the ground near desert bushes and shrubs.

Basically, these visiting owls pass when the heat of summer turns into a cool autumn climate. Miscalculations of the arrival season can have disastrous consequences for birds, as they can face the harsh summer temperatures of Kuwait instead of the mild autumn climate. It has been pointed out that many of these delays in visits often lead to bird death. bird. Dead birds struck by these unfortunate dehydrations are a common sight of this transit season. It has been noted these days that seasonal changes are only a few weeks and that all summer days are directed towards the climate change that is happening around the world.

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Another completely different kind of nightjar that passes is the nightjar, and two kinds of nightjars pass through Kuwait each year. European nightjar and Egyptian nightjar. European nightjars move from parts of Europe to Africa, while Egyptian nightjars, which live in Southwest Asia and North Africa, move to tropical Africa.

Both birds are insectivorous and are excellent aerial hunters who eat feathers. They are equipped to do this amazing feat by having a small beak and a wide opening moon that extends beyond the cheeks. Both birds have a very camouflaged feather pattern, so it is very difficult to find them during the day. European nightjars tend to travel alone on this move, but Egyptians are often found in flock of 5-10 birds, which are always found near open farmlands.

Like the infamous owl in the witch’s story, the nightjar is also a dubious character in British folk tales and is thought to suck milk from a goat at night. Even the Latin name is related to this because Caprimalgas is loosely translated as a goat sucker. These stories are thousands of years old, and it is very interesting that Aristotle in the 4th century BC widely wrote about these birds and their harm to goats. Small beaks and large mouths may be the cause behind these misleading facts, but in reality, these harmless birds eat only flying insects.

It took tenacious efforts to find and record all these beautiful birds in a year, but it was completed last year. This was made possible by being part of the Kuwait Birders Club, which conducts regular birdwatching expeditions to lesser-known areas of Kuwait.

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