Eagles Pass Through Colombia Migrating South And People Are Shooting Them

Colombian authorities warn that it is a bird in danger.

The crested eagles travel every year from south to north, since they are native to Canada and the United States.

Your return trip to the north begins when winter begins in the south, span 13 different countries and travel between 10,000 and 15,000 kilometers during your journey.

They arrive in Colombia between March and April to take a break, they are located in the Combeima Canyon in Ibagué Tolima, covering the Lenten season, which gave rise to their local name.

The eagles when they stop at this point of their trip, that is to say in Tolima, are when they are attacked by the hunters with bullets of pellets or agrochemicals.


''In what is called 'Autumnal Migratory Route' these birds go to Bolivia, Chile, Brazil and Argentina, where they find better weather conditions and food. - Expressed Pedro Álvaro Bahamón, executive director of the Río Cocora Foundation.''

Cuaresmeras birds are admired for their beauty and for the great show they present when flying through the Canyon, many people who are in the country as tourists, often go to that place to know and appreciate them, because their journey over there, is denominated as one of the most representative and beautiful shows in the country.

Unfortunately during their stay in Ibague, they are attacked by hunters, almost all are liquidated in the sky and those who are not, are seriously injured among crops, most with fractures in their wings and legs, or with perforation in their intestines.

''We have had reports that they are hunted to eat them and that, now, there are competitions to know which hunter managed to kill more. -  Bahamón said with indignation.''

When the eagles are at night resting in the trees, the hunters arrive with lanterns that point to the pupils of the animals, disorient them and then shoot the whole group.

Therefore, it is expected that the number of specimens of the species is decreasing dramatically, so much so that the environmental authorities of Ibagué, estimate that this year 150,000 will arrive at their destination. While in 2005 more than one million were received.