Four species of Cranes occur in Ethiopia. The Black Crowned Crane and Wattled Cranes are residents and are distributed in the Lake Tana area, Rift valley, and southern parts of Ethiopia. The Black Crowned Crane population is estimated at 3000 and the Wattled Cranes at 300. Eurasian and Demoiselle Cranes are wintering migrants in Ethiopia. The people of Ethiopia live in harmony with birds in general but also with cranes in particular. The culture and the religious taboo contributes for this harmonization because killing and eating birds is prohibited in many parts of the country but with some exceptions. Since the people livelihood is entirely depends on natural resources, birds are being threatened indirectly. Habitat degradation: agricultural encroachment, conversion of wetlands in to agriculture, deforestation, expansion of invasive species are the main ones. Intervention to conserve their habitats, and promoting the livelihood of the people where cranes nest to breed and feed is urgent.

Date(s) - 19/08/2017
10:00 am - 10:20 am

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