Here’s a nice story from the Indian Express on how a radiocollared Great Indian Bustard, Chotu, was tracked during his 103-km traverse from the Nanaj Sanctuary to agricultural fields near the Karnataka state border. For the first time forest department officials knew where exactly Chotu went, thanks to the radio collar.
The Great Indian Bustard, Ardeotis nigriceps, one of the heaviest of flying birds, is found in India and Pakistan. It is in the critically endangered list of Birdlife International, with fewer than 250 birds counted in 2008, and part of the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change‘s Species Recovery Plan.
While efforts are on to save the bird, they are sometimes off-set by other developments. In March, The Hindu reported that in India’s desert state of Rajasthan, where the Great Indian Bustrad is, in fact, the state bird, a spate of windmills around the Desert National Park, the GIB’s sanctuary, are spelling doom for the birds that are veering towards extinction.
Here’s hoping the bird survives, and Rajasthan’s green energy does not come at the cost of the Great Indian Bustard..