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LESSER FLORICAN

LESSER FLORICAN

Context:

In an important discovery, the longest in-country migration route of lesser Floricans has been tracked for the first time from Rajasthan to the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.

Key Points:

  • The telemetry exercise was carried out in the Shokaliya landscape of Ajmer district.
  • It was done to track the movement of lesser floricans from their breeding grounds to their places of origin.

About Lesser Florican:

  • It is the endangered bird of the bustard group.
  • It is a small and slender bird species found in tall grasslands.
  • It is also known as the likh or kharmore and is the smallest in the bustard family.
  • It is known to be the only member of the genus Sypheotides.

Habitat:

  • It is endemic to the Indian Subcontinent.
  • It is best known for the leaping breeding displays made by the males during the monsoon season.
  • These bustards are mostly found in northwestern and central India during the summer.
  • These are found more widely distributed across India in winter.

Protection Status:

  • It is highly endangered and has been eliminated in some parts of its range, such as Pakistan.
  • It is threatened by hunting and habitat degradation.

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