August 14, 2016

National Animals of Pakistan

To celebrate the spirit of Independence we decided to bring to you information regarding the  gorgeous Markhor (goat) and the beautiful Chaor (bird) - the two amazing national animals of Pakistan.

Both Markhor and Chakor can be found in Pakistan's region and each has its own symbolic importance.

Chakor is the National Bird of Pakistan and considered a symbol of passionate but unreciprocated love in the sub continent. Most commonly kept as pets by Pathans due to the believe that a pair of Chakor partridges wards off the evil eye. This is one of the reasons traditionally Chakor is one of the birds which has special value in Pakistani truck art as well.

Chakor is a chunky 32-35 cm bird with an amazing color scheme of brown, grey, red, white and sandy color. Chakor belongs to the pheasant family Phasianidae and is native of the region of Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Nepal, Turkey and the Kashmir range. Normally their territories are rocky open hillsides and can mainly be found at an altitude of 2000 to 4000m. However, in Pakistan they have also been seen at the mere range of 600m. They do not live in humid and rainy areas and like to eat a variety of seeds and insects as food.

Markhor is the National animal of Pakistan. The word "Markhor" is Persian for "Snake Eater". It is a large woodland goat found in the Western Himalaya range of Pakistan mostly in the Chitral, Ghizar and Hunza regions.

Markhor live in places 500 to 3500 metres (1,500 to 11,000 feet) high, where they live off grass and other vegetation. Found to be more active during the early morning and late afternoon, the female marhor can be found in herds while males Markhor are generally found alone.

Find more information regarding Makhor at WWF Pakistan

Happy Independence Day!

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