Safe Areas for Indian Bustard

Safe Areas Identified For Indian Bustard 
The Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps / Choriotis nigriceps is a bustard found in India and the adjoining regions of Pakistan. 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. This species was formerly widespread in India and Pakistan but is increasingly restricted to small pockets. They make local movements but these are not well understood although it is known that populations disperse after the monsoons. The population was estimated at less than 1,000 in 2008. The main threats are hunting and habitat loss. In the past they were heavily hunted for their meat and for sport. The bird is found in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat states of India.
Indian Bustard

Looks – Similar to an Ostrich
Height – 1 Meter
Weight – 18- KG – Male
Weight – 6 – KG Female
Indian Bustard Spotting Areas
Ghatigaon and Karera sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh
Karera Wildlife Sanctuary in Shivpuri  district
Nannaj,18 km from Solapur in Maharashtra,
Shrigonda  taluka in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and
Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary, 45 km from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh
The National Board for Wildlife has decided to reduce the area of the Great Indian Bustard sanctuary in Solapur from the existing 8,496.44 sq km to 1,222.61 sq km. The decision was taken at the Board meeting held in Delhi recently where six alternative areas were identified in the state to be declared as protected areas for the Bustard. The six areas identified for development of a safe habitat for the bird are Mansinghdeo in Nagpur, Rajmachi in Alibaug, Sudhagarh Tamni in western Ghats, Tipagarh , Kopela in in Gadchiroli and Isapur bird sanctuary in yavatmal.
Sawarkar further added, “All identified areas are good for wildlife but they are not protected for the purpose. The Sahyadri range in particular is botanically rich and should not be overlooked.” Noted ecologist Prakash Gole said, “For years the huge area marked for the Great Indian Bustard sanctuary was under scanner. Most of the area marked came under farmfields, industrial set ups and even residential places. This decision was to come sooner or later. The Sawarkar committee has identified areas where a Bustard can survive and what are the areas that need to be protected.”
Times of India
Absolute Astronomy
EcoIndia
Solapur Government
Recovery programme for Great Indian Bustard

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