Albania is losing its national bird to rampant poaching


  • It is Albania’s national symbol, but the eagle may soon only be found on the flag.
  • The majestic bird is threatened with extinction due to widespread poaching of raptors.
  • The buzzard is a protected species just like the golden eagle.
  • But the man isn’t concerned as he exhibits the bird with its wing wounded by a bullet and its talons tied.
  • Of the four species of vultures that used to exist in Albania, “only one, the Egyptian vulture, remains and its population has been extremely reduced.
  • So too the dwindling number of golden eagles, a two-head.
  • On a global scale, the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is not classified as a threatened species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  • But in Albania nowadays the place where you are most likely to see a golden eagle is “stuffed in bars, restaurants or hotels.


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