Image of siberian crane and description

siberian crane

Image of siberian crane and description

                     Siberian cranes don’t flock to India during their annual winter migration anymore. Why? It’s because they are extinct. Mrityunjay Bose sheds some light on the reasons behind their disappearance.

The majestic Siberian cranes will never come to India again – it’s almost confirmed now. These birds have not been sighted in Bharatpur National Park of Rajasthan since 2001 and it is very unlikely that they will ever come back to this part of the Forest.

According to the International Crane Foundation, this critically endangered species is now found only in two populations, the Eastern (Siberia to China) and the Western. All but a few existing birds belong to the eastern population.

Adults – red skin on forehead, face and sides of the head, white plumage with black wingtips, reddish pink legs; juvenile – plumage mix of white and cinnamon-brown feathers, tan head.

Ensure healthy populations of Siberian Crane populations in the Amur-Heilong Basin of Russia and China. We are:
  • Supporting development and implementation of water management plans that sustain crane habitats and preserve wetlands for wildlife, flood control, enhancement of water quality, fisheries and other harvests important to people at Zhalong, Momoge, Xianghai, Tumuji, Muraviovka and other key crane wetlands.
  • Developing pilot projects in China and Russia that demonstrate community involvement with wetland conservation.
  • Promoting cooperative research efforts between crane conservationists in Mongolia and the Amur-Heilong basin of Russia and China.
  • Conducting environmental education activities among communities and stakeholders affecting critical crane habitat to increase local and national pride and commitment to conservation action.

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