Upgrade to Chess.com Premium!


Berkutchy, as the art of eagle hunting is called, is a life's profession, and in Kazakhstan is often a hereditary one. The relationship between the bird and its master is constant and all-consuming and the eagle comes to be considered part of the family. In the training of a young eagle, the owner must sacrifice his sleep for a long period as he hand feeds the growing bird. Initially, the eagle wears a hood over its eyes to keep it calm and to ensure its dependence on its owner. But the bird is no slave to its master, only a partner in hunting. The bond becomes one of lifelong trust and it is said that as the man trains the eagle, so does the eagle train his man.

Post your reply: