Flora and Fauna

The Bird Aviary at Lake View Park was inaugurated on Wednesday 13 March 2013. This project was initiated by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for the entertainment of the general public visit the Lake View Park on daily basis.

The Lake View Park’s bird aviary is a gigantic cage for confining birds with larger living space where they can fly, has been constructed at the cost of Rs 80 million (€ 620.000 / $ 762.000) and have large variety of birds. The visitors are able to roam freely in enclosure.

Bird Aviary consists of 1200 different species of birds including species of parrots, pigeons, doves, partridges, pheasants, peacock, swan, crane, ducks and geese etc out of which 65 species are of rare kind. The Bird Aviary is of unique kind in the sub-continent where birds have been provided natural environment, adding that these birds are rich source of entertainment and amusement for the visitors. The Aviary has been established in an area of 3.8 acres (15378 m2) with a bird watching tower and a pond.

The grey francolin (formerly also called the grey partridge, but not to be confused with the European grey partridge) Francolinus pondicerianus is a species of francolin found in the plains and drier parts of South Asia. They are found in open cultivated lands as well as scrub forest and their local name of teetar is based on their calls, a loud and repeated Ka-tee-tar…tee-tar which is produced by one or more birds. The term teetar can also refer to other partridges and quails. During the breeding season calling males attract challengers and decoys were used to trap these birds especially for fighting.

They are hunted in much of their range using low nets and easily caught using calling decoy birds.

The main breeding season is April to September and the nest is a hidden scrape on the ground. The nest may sometimes be made above ground level in a niche in a wall or rock. The clutch is six to eight eggs but larger clutches have been noted.

The species has long been domesticated in areas of Pakistan and northern India where it is used for fighting. The domesticated birds can be large at around 500-600g, compared to 250g for wild birds. They are usually carefully reared by hand and become as tame and confiding as a pet dog.
Several authors have described the running of the birds as being particularly graceful:
They run very swiftly and gracefully; they seem to glide rather than run, and the native lover can pay no higher compliment to his mistress than to liken her gait to that of the Partridge.

Monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea. Usually, the term monsoon is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally-changing pattern, although technically there is also a dry phase.

The major monsoon systems of the world consist of the West African and Asia-Australian monsoons. The inclusion of the North and South American monsoons with incomplete wind reversal may be debated.

The term was first used in English in British India (now India, Bangladesh and Pakistan) and neighbouring countries to refer to the big seasonal winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in the southwest bringing heavy rainfall to the area.

Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning “rock” or “stone”; literally “wood turned into stone”) is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is the result of a tree or tree-like plants having completely transitioned to stone by the process of permineralization. All the organic materials have been replaced with minerals (mostly a silicate, such as quartz), while retaining the original structure of the stem tissue. Unlike other types of fossils which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material. The petrifaction process occurs underground, when wood becomes buried under sediment and is initially preserved due to a lack of oxygen which inhibits aerobic decomposition. Mineral-laden water flowing through the sediment deposits minerals in the plant’s cells; as the plant’s lignin and cellulose decay, a stone mould forms in its place. The organic matter needs to become petrified before it decomposes completely. A forest where such material has petrified becomes known as a petrified forest.

I used to keep birds/parrots as pets but i think they are better free then in captivity. Since last 6 years i took a vow that whenever i am in Pakistan i will free at least 10 Parrots. In this video you will see me releasing 5 parrots.