Tuesday, March 06, 2007


From long time Iraqis have good relationship with birds, especially Iraqi kids.
"MUTEYERCHIYA" this is the name called for kids who cares for birds especially doves/ pigeons,
Muteyerchiyas is very common in all over Iraq, the name of "Muteyerchiya" came from word "Teir" which means fly it and also means bird so "Muteyerchi" is the guy who let his doves fly and come back to home again, Muteyerchi is single of Muteyerchia in Iraqi local language.
Most of Muteyerchias are kids 9-17 years old, to be good Muteyerchi; Muteyerchi brings wood and some fence to make big cage usually puts it on the roof after fixing the big cage muteyerchi puts used oil cans and cuts it to be small hoses for doves to sleep in it at night and puts these cans in up inside of this big cage, Muteyerchi ensures that the cage is strong enough so no cat can enter the cage, all Muteyerchias hate cats because cats come at night to eat doves, so we say in Iraq "the house has doves cant has cats" after the fence cage built Muteyerchi goes to birds market to buy some doves, Muteyerchias usually stat with 8 doves 4 males and 4 females and they have to be young and able to fly.
After the Muteyerchi brings the 8 doves starts to cut some feathers from doves' wings so they can't fly back to the first owner and also doves can stay in this house to be used to it and not to leave it even if doves left the house they come back to after they have been used to it.
Then, Muteyerchia starts to feed doves and water usually uses wheat and rice.
After months doves are used to stay in this house and have eggs, Muteyerchi leaves doves to fly free and they come back to cage after year Muteyerchi will have dozens because of reproductions made by his doves.
The war among Muteyerchias:
Before I talk about the war, some Muteyerchias put rules about their region to save their doves like if you have any of my doves you will turn in to me, the war; Muteyerchias most time stay on the roof with their doves and watch sky if any dove enters or he can see it he let his doves to fly and that single dove will join the flying group and come back to the house then Muteyerchi will catch the stranger one, if the bird belongs to one of his neighbors, if he has rules to give it back to his owner he will, if his region without rules the stranger became his dove then he will decide join it with his bird or he will sell in birds market, some times this leads to real fight among Muteyerchias .
Every Muteyerchi has his own way to defend and hunt birds, and some Muteyerchias make alliance with each other to be in control in that area.
The contest:
In every year Muteyerchias make many contests in Iraq, every Muteyerchi takes one of his best doves and make one big cage all Muteyerchias put their doves until they be used to stay in that cage then all Muteyerchias take their doves to pointed area it is decided before, it is about 40- 100 kilometers, the distance will be decided by Muteyerchias.
Then they leave doves from pointed area and go to big cage to wait doves, whose dove comes first will be winner and will get prize also second and third.
Iraqi dove is world's strongest dove.


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