THERE may be hope yet for the swiftlet, a
small Indian bird found only in the
Andaman and Nicobar islands, which is
in danger of becoming endangered.
TRAFFIc-India. a branch of Twmc-international is in the midst of a report which
It hopes will push the Union government
into quick action to save the swiftlet.
The need for action on a warfooting Is
obvious given that the bird is not
protected by any of the international
anti-poaching conventions or even
under the Indian Wildlife
The totally whim 111
swiftlet which is an important
Chinese cuisine and pharmacy. Is
anywhere between $2,500and $4,000
kg in Hong Kong where Odom
tremendous dernand.- says It
Ranjit Talwar, chief of Traft-6
Talwar points out that raq
destruction of nests over the lea
years has led to a depletion hn
ulation of the swiftlet by ow so
cent. "This is indication emovo
something must be done fan to
this species," he says.
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