Kyrgyz Eagle Hood, "Tomaga"

Date Created: 04 July 2008

Author: Alan Gates

Source: Alan Gates

Owner: Alan Gates

Location: Tien Shan foothills, Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyz Eagle Hood, "Tomaga". Ever since I started to travel to Central Asia I had been interested in the many different styles of berkut tomaga or eagle hood. Almost every family has a slightly different style, whether this is on purpose or something that just happens through individual creation I am not sure. Here in Kyrgyzstan each berkutchi made his own tomaga for his berkut and although they seemed to have originated from the same pattern they did have their individuality. This photograph is of a first year berkut wearing an excellent fitting "Tomaga". This profile shot shows the excellent way the Kazakh / Kyrgyz style hood is so much better than many produced in the west. For more information visit

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