Q. Consider the following statements regarding Great Indian Bustard
1. They are present in Indian subcontinent and Africa
2. They are critically Endangered species
3. They lacks frontal vision, due to this, they cannot detect powerlines ahead of them, from far.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 and 2 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 1 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: B
Notes:
  • Great Indian Bustard is one of the heaviest flying birds (weighing up to 15kgs). They inhabit dry grasslands and scrublands on the Indian subcontinent 
  • Habitat: It is endemic to the Indian subcontinent. It is found in Rajasthan (Desert National park), Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in India and parts of Pakistan. 
  • IUCN Red List: It is a critically Endangered species with less than 150 birds left in the wild. 

The Ministry of Power, in an affidavit, has said: “The Great Indian Bustard (“GIB”) lacks frontal vision. Due to this, they cannot detect powerlines ahead of them, from far. As they are heavy birds, they are unable to manoeuvre across power lines within close distances. Thus, they are vulnerable to collision with power lines.” 

SourceThe Hindu 

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