Pakistan allows Qatari Emir, other royal members to hunt endangered bird species: Report

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News: Pakistan has issued special permits to the Emir of Qatar and nine others to hunt 100 houbara bustards.


  • The houbara bastard lives in arid climates and comes in two distinct species, one residing in North Africa and the other in Asia.
  • African Houbara is listed as Vulnerable in IUCN Red List
  • Asian Houbara is listed as Critically Endangered in IUCN Red List

Additional Information

Types of Bustards Found in India

NameCharacteristicsGeographical ExtentIUCN Status
Great Indian Bustard #State Bird of RajasthanCan be distinguished by its black crown on the forehead contrasting with the pale neck and headOne of the heaviest flying birds (weighing up to 15kgs)# Endemic to Indian subcontinentRajasthan (Desert National park), Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in India and parts of PakistanCritically Endangered
Lesser Florican# Smallest in the bustard family# Endemic to Indian subcontinent.Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra PradeshEndangered
Bengal FloricanMostly black in colour with largely white wings# Endemic to Indian subcontinentTerai and the Brahmaputra valley (Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.)Considered to be extinct in Bangladesh.Critically Endangered
MacQueen’s BustardPale sandy in colour Found in desert and steppe regions of AsiaWinter migrant to the desert regions of Rajasthan and GujaratVulnerable
  • Great Indian Bustard, Lesser Florican and Bengal Florican – They are listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.