Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Species in news: Greater Adjutant Storks


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Greater Adjutant Storks

Mains level: NA

In a first, Bihar has decided to tag endangered greater adjutant storks (Leptoptilos dubius), locally known as ‘Garuda’, with GPS trackers to monitor their movement as a part of their conservation.

Greater Adjutant Storks

  • Bhagalpur’s Kadwa Diara floodplains area is the third-most-popular breeding centre for the greater adjutant stork in the world after Assam and Cambodia.
  • Historically the range of the Greater Adjutant covered India and Southeast Asia, but today the endangered storks are mostly found in the Indian state of Assam and in Cambodia.
  • In India, the Greater Adjutant is now confined to the northeastern state of Assam, their last stronghold.

Try answering this PYQ:

Q.If you walk through the countryside, you are likely to see some birds stalking alongside the cattle to seize the insects, disturbed by their movement through grasses. Which of the following is/are such bird/ birds?

  1. Painted Stork
  2. Common Myna
  3. Black-necked Crane

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 3 only


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Their conservation

  • The greater adjutant is one of the most threatened stork species of the world and is widely considered to be a rare bird.
  • However, the global population of the Greater Adjutant Stork is estimated to be roughly not more than 1,500 now.
  • Hence it is classified as ‘endangered ‘on the IUCN’s Red List 2004 of threatened species and listed under Schedule IV of the Indian Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.
  • The Bombay Natural History Society will help and work along with the state forest, environment, and climate change department to start the process of tagging greater adjutant storks with GPS tracker.

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