SC intervenes for Great Indian Bustard
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Biodiversity; Environment
- The Supreme Court intervened on behalf of the Great Indian Bustards over the birds falling dead after colliding with power lines running through their natural habitats in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
- A Bench led by Chief Justice of India will examine on a priority basis whether overhead power cables can be replaced with underground ones to save the bird.
- The court also noted that an alternative mechanism — to install flight bird divertors — to guide the birds away from the power lines would be expensive.
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Great Indian Bustard
- Scientific Name: Ardeotis nigriceps.
- Physical description: Black crown on the forehead contrasting with the pale neck and head.
- They feed on grass seeds, insects like grasshoppers and beetles, and sometimes even small rodents and reptiles.
- Distribution: India, effectively the only home of the bustards, now harbours less than 150 individuals in five States.
- Today, its population is confined mostly to Rajasthan and Gujarat. Small population also occur in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
- It is the State bird of Rajasthan.
- Conservation status: Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection)Act, 1972; (2) Appendix I of CITES; (3) Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.