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Great Indian bustard

12th July, 2021 ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

Context:

  • Green energy projects threaten the last refuges of the endangered great Indian bustard.
  • Transmission lines are the greatest threat to the endangered great Indian bustard.
  • In April, the Supreme Court asked wind and solar companies to take their lines underground.
  • The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) estimates that about 15% of the great Indian bustard (GIB) population dies each year due to collision with power lines.
  • Rajasthan is now home to the single largest viable population of the species.

GIB

  • GIB is one of the most critically threatened species in India, with less than 150 birds left in the wild.
  • GIBs are one of the heaviest flying birds in
  • Experts say only two districts in RajasthanJaisalmer and Barmer — have a breeding GIB population in the wild.
  • The bird can also be found in very small numbers in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/green-energy-projects-threaten-the-last-refuges-of-the-endangered-great-indian-bustard/article35228542.ece