KARACHI: A unique kind of dove, 'Namaqua', was spotted and later captured by fishermen on the shore near Paradise Point after they found it resting on their boat.
The long-tailed Namaqua dove was captured by trained World Wide Fund - Pakistan (WWF-P) fisherman Ikramuddin near Paradise Point on Friday (October 14).
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With the help of other fishermen, Ikram carefully captured this long-tailed pigeon that was sitting on the mast of the vessel, WWF-P marine fisheries technical advisor Muhammad Moazzam Khan told The Express Tribune, adding that it is a small terrestrial dove species that has never been reported from Pakistan before.
The pigeon, a male, was later released on the same date by WWF officials at Karachi Port, said Khan.
A bird has been recorded and added into the list of birds found in Pakistan after a long time, he said, adding that in Pakistan, before the Namaqua dove, a total of seven kinds of dove have been found before.
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Its presence in the near shore area between Cape Monze and Paradise Point is because of the area's similarity with its natural habitat in Asia and Africa, said Khan. Training has been provided to more than 100 fishermen to release endangered, protected and threatened marine animals, said WWF-P senior programmes director Rab Nawaz, adding that these fishermen have released important species of turtles, sea snakes, sunfishes, marine birds, dolphins and even whales.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2016.
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