Thursday, August 18, 2011
Mysterious pink-headed duck Birds
Did you know that the mysterious pink-headed duck in danger of extinction? It seems to have succumbed to a combination of habitat loss and hunting pressure. What about the Siberian crane? Its global population is estimated at 2.900 to 3.000 birds. The main threat is the loss of wetlands - the destruction and degradation of wetlands along its passage and wintering. As with the white-rumped vultures and India, has been a sharp decline in recent years in the vulture population of slender-billed, common in India and Nepal, until recently.
Learn all this and more about birds at www.bnhsenvis.nic.in. The website of the Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre of the Natural History Society of Bombay (BNHS) in packets of information about birds and bird ecology. It is available for free. The support of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India, the website is available in English, Hindi and Marathi.