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GREAT INDIAN BUSTARD

Last updated on April 1, 2020

GREAT INDIAN BUSTARD

Context: National Green Tribunal has asked the Centre to prepare a plan for the protection of Great Indian Bustard following the high mortality rate of the bird.

GREAT INDIAN BUSTARD

About the Great Indian Bustard

The Great Indian bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) is a bustard that is found on the Indian subcontinent. It is a large bird with a horizontal body and long bare legs, which gives it an ostrich like appearance, and is among the heaviest of the flying birds.  It is the State Bird of RAJASTHAN.

Conservation Status of Great Indian Bustard

The bird is listed under the following:

  • Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection)Act, 1972. 
  • CMS Convention.
  • Appendix I of CITES.
  • Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and the National Wildlife Action Plan (2002-2016). 

It has also been identified as one of the species for the recovery programme under the Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. In 2011, this species was uplisted from Endangered to Critically Endangered by Birdlife International. The bird is found in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and GujaratDesert National Park, near Jaisalmer and coastal grasslands of the Abdasa and Mandvi talukas of Kutch District of Gujarat support some populations of this species.

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