Berkut Aviation is named after the famed Berkut or Golden Eagles of the Himalayas. While falconry has been practiced throughout the world for millennia, hunting with the Berkut Eagle has been a specialty in Kyrgyzstan where the hunter (Berkutchi) trains with the eagle from just after it is born. Often on horseback, the Berkutchi and Berkut will hunt for their villages for up to 20 years as a pair with the bird released to the wild thereafter.
The largest of the golden eagles, their wingspan averages over 7 feet (with one captive female measuring 9’3″ tip to tip!) allowing these impressive hunters to take down animals as large as wolves.