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.
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.