The Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus), also known as the Asian King Vulture, Indian Black Vulture or Pondicherry Vulture. The species is mainly found in the Indian Subcontinent. This gaudy-faced vulture was historically abundant, range widely across the Indian Subcontinent. Today the range of the birf is localized primarily to northern India. It is usually in open country and in cultivated and semi-desert areas. It is also found in deciduous forests and foothills and river valleys.
Pashmina or Changthangi Goat (capra hircus laniger) is native to the Himalayas. They are acclimated to the high altitudes and cold climate of the Lakakhi Chanthangi or Baltistan (Kashmir region). They were used as pack animals and as a source of some of the finest cashmere wool. They must live in harsh, windy climates to generate the soft undercoat, for which demand has always exceeded supply. Experts say their numbers are dwindling which led to the cloning of the first Pashmina goat…
The Bengal Florican (Houbaropsis bengalensis), also called Bengal Bustard, is a very rare bustard species from the Indian Subcontinent. They are normally silent but when disturbed utters a metallic chik-chik-chik call. This threatened species is now almost extinct; probably less than 1,000 and perhaps as few as 500 adult birds are still alive. n India the decline is coming to a halt and that stocks in Kaziranga National Parks and Dudhwa Tiger Reserve are safe at very low levels.
The northern river terrapin (Batagur baska) is a riverine turtle. One of the most critically endangered turtle species according to the IUCN, this turtle is religiously significant to Burmese Buddhists who capture them, adorn their carapace with gold leaf and release them with great ceremony back to the wild. Although laws are enacted to protect them, the large eggs are commercially valuable as a food source resulting in the animal being included on the CITES 1 and the USDI (E) lists.
Satyr Tragopan: The Satyr Tragopan is a rare resident pheasant which occurs at high elevations in the Himalaya. Male Satyr's are 68cm and are a bright crimson red with white spots. Females are smaller and less conspicuous. Tragopans are often called “horned pheasants” because they display horn-like projections during courtship. 4 out of the 5 known species occur in India. The Satyr is faced with habitat destruction and hunting pressure and is now considered to be near-threatened.
The Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris) is found along from the Gangetic plain north, west to Himachal Pradesh, south potentially as far as northern Orissa, and east through Assam. It inhabits dry open country and forested areas usually away from human habitation. Its numbers have declined rapidly largely due to the use of the diclofenac in working farm animals. Diclofenac is poisonous to vultures, causing kidney failure, and is being replaced by meloxicam which is not toxic.
Western Tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus). The species is highly endangered and globally threatened. The Western Tragopan is considered the rarest of all living pheasants with less than 5000 in the world. It is found in the western portions of Himalayas.
The Great Indian Bustard is one of the largest flying bird species found in the world. Standing a meter above the ground, and weighing up to 15kg, this critically endangered terrestrial bird was once widespread across the grasslands of India. In the 19th century, flocks of more than 20 birds were a common sight in the Indian grasslands. Sadly today their population is estimated at less than 250 individuals scattered across the grasslands of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, AP, Karnataka and…
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The White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis). The species was present in large numbers, in India but is now endangered. At one time, it was the most numerous of the vultures in India. The greatest threat comes from farmers’ use of the anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac to treat their livestock, which causes renal failure in vultures that feed on cattle carcasses. Trees on which they regularly roost are often painted white with their excreta and this acidity often kills the trees.
Siberian Crane (Grus leucogeranus) is also known as Siberian White Crane or Snow Crane. The adults are nearly all snowy white, except for their black primary feathers that are visible in flight. The western populations migrate during winter to India. They make the longest distance migrations among cranes. Their population has declined drastically in due to hunting along their migration routes and habitat degradation. The world population was estimated in 2010 at about 3,200 birds.