£52,000 to save the bustard

Pramod Patil, a pune-based ornithologist,

has planned to help conserve the great Indian bustard ( Ardeotis nigriceps ) with £52,000 (about Rs. 50 lakh), which he got as the prize money with the Whitley Award for his work to save the critically endangered bird.

  • The money will be channelled through BirdLife International, an international non-governmental organisation involved in conserving birds and their habitats.
  • The bulk of the funds will be devoted to projects in the Thar desert as it is one of the last refuges of this great bird.

indian bustard

Great Indian Bustard:

The Great Indian Bustard is currently listed under the category of Critically Endangered birds, in the 2013 ‘Threatened Bird’ list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

  • There are less than 250 bustards left in the country.
  • It inhabits arid and semi-arid grasslands with scattered short scrub, bushes and low intensity cultivation in flat or gently undulating terrain.
  • In India it is legally protected and there are severe penalties for killing an individual.
  • It occurs in the Indian Subcontinent, with former strongholds in the Thar desert in the north-west and the Deccan tableland of the Peninsula. It has been extirpated from 90% of its former range and is now principally confined to Rajasthan, with smaller populations in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh.

Sources: The Hindu, Wiki.

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