Great Indian Bustard In Danger
Conservationists have warned that the Great Indian Bustard, one of the world’s heaviest flying birds, is perilously close to the brink of extinction. Great Indian bustards stand a metre tall and weigh up to 15kg, yet as few as 250 may now survive. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, this takes the total of birds entering the endangered list in 2011 up to 13. In all, 189 species are now considered to be Critically Endangered, including the Great Indian bustard.
In days gone by this rare bird was commonplace in India and Pakistan but its range is now severely restricted, found mainly in a small area of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Other rare birds that have become endangered this year include the Bahama oriole.