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66 bird species from NE in “high-conservation concern” category: Report

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 Feb 2020 1:12 PM GMT

NEW DELHI: According to State of India’s Birds 2020, released during 13th Conference of Parties of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals in New Delhi on Monday, 66 bird species from northeast India come under “high-conservation concern” category.

Of these, 23 are in Arunachal Pradesh, 22 in Assam, seven in Manipur, three in Meghalaya, four in Mizoram, five in Nagaland and two in Tripura, claim reports.

“This assessment of nearly 867 Indian species makes it very clear that our birds are in overall decline, in some cases catastrophically so. Many more species show a downward trend than an upward trend,” states the report.

The report was created after 10 million observations were uploaded to the eBird platform by more than 15,500 birdwatchers to evaluate the distribution range size of 867 Indian birds, and their trends in abundance in both the long term (over 25+ years) and currently (past 5 years).

"We hope that this information translates into many voices being raised for bird conservation, both among conservation bodies, and the general public,” says Dr Mousumi Ghosh (NCBS-TIFR), part of the team who worked on the report.

Some of the key findings of the report are as follows:

  • India’s national bird, the Indian Peafowl, has increased dramatically over the past decades. In contrast, 50% of other Indian species of birds have declined over this time period.
  • The analysis indicates 48% of species have remained stable or increasing in the long term, while 79% show declines in the last five years. In some welcome news, the House Sparrow was found to be roughly stable across the country as a whole, although declining in the major cities. In all, 101 species have been classified as of high conservation concern.
  • The groups that show the greatest decline are raptors, migratory shorebirds, and habitat specialists, among others.

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