Greater Scaup Duck

  • IASbaba
  • January 20, 2023
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Environment & Ecology
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Context: A rare species of duck, Greater Scaup, locally known as Sadangman, was recently sighted in Manipur’s Loktak lake after a gap of over 90 years.

About Greater Scaup Duck:

  • The Greater Scaup is a medium-sized diving duck species that belongs to the family of Anatidae.
  • It is locally known as
  • The greater scaup species is distributed in Asia, Europe, United States and Canada.
  • It is a rare visitor to the Indian Subcontinent.
  • Scientific Name: Aythya marila
  • IUCN Red list: Least Concerned

About Loktak Lake

  • Loktak Lake is a freshwater lake in the Manipur state of Northeast India.
  • It hosts hundreds of floating islands called Phumdis with multiple plant species and Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only floating national park in the world.
  • The park is the last natural refuge of the endangered Sangai (state animal).
  • The lake is designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on 23 March 1990.
  • It was also listed under the Montreux Record in 1993, “a record of Ramsar sites where changes in ecological character have occurred, are occurring or are likely to occur”.

Source:  Indian Express

Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following pairs:

Wetland/Lake:                           Location

  1. Hokera Wetland                   Punjab
  2. Renuka Wetland                  Himachal Pradesh
  3. Rudrasagar Lake                  Tripura
  4. Sasthamkotta                        Tamil Nadu

How many pairs given above are correctly matched? (2022)

  1. Only one pair
  2. Only two pairs
  3. Only three pairs
  4. All four pairs

Q.2) Which of the following is not a bird? (2022)

  1. Golden Mahseer
  2. Indian Nightjar
  3. Spoonbill
  4. White Ibis


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