Great Indian bustard
12th July, 2021 ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY
- 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 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 Rajasthan — Jaisalmer 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.