In a recent
presentation on The
Threatened Birds of
India, at the
Grewal, a prolific
writer on the birds
revealed the sad
cover and its
impact on the avian
The Red data book of the Zoological Survey of India in 1994 lists only 55 threatened species of birds, whereas, estimates by independent experts puts the figure way above hundred, he said.
In Tamilnaclu, clearing of fig trees to provide fodder for camp elephants has led to a decrease in the state's hornbill population. The massive deforestation of the Andama n and Nicobar islands' evergreen forests and replacing them with coconut plantations has affected the Nicobar pigeon and the Megapode. Intensive pine plantations has severely affected pheasants in the Himalayan region.
Grewal expressed concerns at the havoc created by herb and mushroom collectors in the Himalayan tract, where forests have the largest sustainable population of the western Tragopan in India.
One loophole, says Grewal, in the country's law is that "while the export of Indian birds is banned, there is no restriction in the export of foreign birds bred in India".
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