Satellite Monitoring

Since the first monitoring device was fitted to a Houbara in 2003, we have established a major monitoring programme using satellite tracking to constantly monitor Houbara bustard movements across the globe. More than 2,600 stracking devices are used and have revealed many aspects of the species’ secret life as leading to new discoveries about migration routes from the main breeding grounds in Kazakhstan. Tracking devices provide accurate information, including the birds’ temperature, speed and height from the ground.

 

Evidence from tracking proves that Asian Houbara travel an average of 6,000 km during the migration season and have three different migration paths. The birds moving from west Kazakhstan to spend the winter in the Arabian peninsula pass by western Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, while Houbara that start their route in East Kazakhstan follow a second migration line which crosses Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran to reach the UAE in the winter. The third path runs from Central Asia across the south and southeast of Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.




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