More Birds get endangered [ Current Affairs ]

(Mumbai)

The birds have been divided into four categories, of which the "critically endangered" species is the most worrisome. The white-backed vulture is one of the 15 birds in this category, which also includes the pink-headed duck and the Himalayan quail which are considered extinct for all practical purposes. Of the 19 major endangered species, four species of vultures, black-headed ibis, black-tailed godwit, Eurasian curlew and the Lesser flamingos are inhabitants of Mumbai.

Major reason is the destruction of habitats, wetlands and mudflats. Drug diclofenac that is administered to the cattles as painkillers, goes into the system of these birds as these birds act as scavengers on cattle. 

- Published on: November 26, 2013