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11/9/06

Corncrake back from near extinction in Gilan's wild

Tehran, Nov 9, IRNA-After years of disappearance, the corncrake has recently made a comeback in Gilan's wild, the director-general of the provincial branch of the Department of the Environment told IRNA.

Kamran Zolfinejad noted that the rare bird species was on the verge of extinction, and blamed destruction of bird habitats and hatching places as well as unbridled poaching as the major reason.

He said poachers catch the bird with nets taking advantage of its poor night vision, hindering reproduction of the species.

Warning illegal hunters, he said corncrake hunting is against the law and offenders would be handed over to judicial authorities.

He said this bird species has been remarkably declining in recent years and is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources' (IUCN) red list.

The corncrake's plummage is yellow-brown in color and its wings are reddish brown. It has chestnut brown stripes on its wings and tail. The bird runs quickly and hides in grasses. Actually, it flies only at night.

The corncrake nests in moist meadows, tall grasses and grain fields.

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