Karnataka to prepare action plan to protect Great Indian Bustard


The Forest Department is framing an action plan to save Great Indian Bustard in Karnataka where its numbers are fast decreasing.

More details:

  • In a novel experiment, a group of farmers at the Lala Sanctuary in Kutch, Gujarat have decided not to use inorganic fertilizers and toxic pesticides so as to save the Great Indian Bustard (GIB).
  • According to experts, when farmers use pesticides, GIB loses a major portion of its food — insects, locust, lizard among others — and the bird is forced to look for smaller insects in the grains, resulting in damage to the crops.

About ‘Hakki Habba’:

  • In January 2017, the third edition of Hakki Habba, a three-day bird festival, was organized at Daroji Bear Sanctuary, adjacent to Hampi,

ABout Great Indian Bustard:

  • The Great Indian Bustard or Indian bustard is a bustard found in India and the adjoining regions of Pakistan.
  • In India, the bird is found in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat states of India.
  • A large bird with a horizontal body and long bare legs, giving it an ostrich like appearance, this bird is among the heaviest of the flying birds.
  • The species is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, in the CMS Convention and in Appendix I of CITES, as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
  • It has also been identified as one of the species for the recovery programme under the Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
  • These birds are often found associated in the same habitat as blackbuck.


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