A recent publication by the Zoological Survey of India says that India is home to 106 species of raptors, popularly known as ‘birds of prey.’
- The publication reveals that more than 18 per cent of the 572 species of raptors spread all over the world can be found in India alone.
- The list also includes some of the interesting and lesser-known species of raptors: Andaman Serpent Eagle and Great Nicobar Serpent Eagle: which can only be found in the Andaman and the Great Nicobar islands respectively.
- Among the raptors found, the Indian White-backed Vulture, the Long Billed Vulture, the Slender Billed Vulture, the Red headed Vulture and the Forest Owlet are in the ‘critically endangered’ category, and the Egyptian Vulture and the Saker are in the ‘endangered’ list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) ‘Red List.’
Sources: The Hindu.