In a major discovery, the longest in-country migration route of lesser floricans, the endangered birds of the bustard group, has been tracked for the first time from Rajasthan to Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district.
The mystery of the fast-disappearing birds may soon be resolved with the help of satellite transmitters fitted on them.
The telemetry exercise was undertaken in the Shokaliya landscape of Ajmer district to trace the journey of lesser floricans from their breeding grounds to their places of origin, presumably in down South.
What is Lesser Florican?
Lesser florican, taxonomically classified as Sypheotides indicus, is a small and slender bird species belonging to the bustard group, found in tall grasslands, for which Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has launched a recovery programme.
Where the Lesser Florican is observed in India?
The endangered bird is observed in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and some other regions during the monsoon season, when it breeds and later disappears with its chicks to unknown places.
Lesser Florican is listed as critically endangered
The bird is listed as “critically endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and its population has been identified as “decreasing”.