Sunday, March 16, 2014

More species in to the exit list

Critically endangered; this is not a category any species may interested in. In short, if current situation prevails longer enough, those species may disappear from the world.

As per the latest report of 'International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)' 15 bird species of India are there in the Red List of Birds (2013) under critically endangered section.

The birds are,

Migratory wetland species: Baer's Pochard, Siberian Crane and Spoon-billed Sandpiper.
Non-migratory wetland species: White-bellied Heron. Grassland species: Bengal Florican, Great Indian Bustard, Jerdon's Courser and Sociable Lapwing.
Forest species: Indian Vulture, Red-headed Vulture, White-backed Vulture and Slender-billed Vulture.

In addition to that, Himalayan Quail and Pink-headed Duck are now considered Extinct for all practical purposes.

This is not an unexpected turn. When wetlands suddenly became the favorite of real estate players and forests are handed over to mining compnies to extract whatever left under the ground, this is bound to happen.

Next time when you some rare birds, make sure that, you took some photos of them. Who knows whether it will exist.



1. 15 bird species in India critically endangered - TOI

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