Rare Hawk ‘Owned’ By The University Of Finland Caught By Residents In Jigawa State


A rare hawk from Finland has travelled the way down to Nigeria as it was caught on Thursday, October 25th by residents in Jigawa State. The bird known as the Western Osprey (Pandion Haliaetus), was recently caught at Malam Madori, Jigawa.

According to the persons who caught it, the bird also known as sea hawk or fish hawk is purportedly owned by the University of Helsinki, Finland, as a ring bearing the information was spotted on one of its legs.

After much celebration for the rare bird, it was released and allowed to fly at the Baturiya Wetland Reserve in Jigawa. A Facebook user Abubakar S. Ringim and a graduate of Zoology, took to Facebook to write;

Osprey Pandion halietus caught on 25/10/2018 at Malam Madori, Jigawa State. The bird came from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Available records from the University revealed that the bird was ringed 106 days prior to its caught in Jigawa, and covered 5808 kilometres during it’s migration to winter in Africa, in particular, Nigeria. The bird were celebrated and successfully released today at the Baturiya Wetland Reserve in Jigawa

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