Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2018)
Status and distribution of state bird of Uttar Pradesh, Sarus crane (Grus antigone antigone) in Jhansi and Lalitpur, India
Author(s): Sonika Kushwaha, Akhilesh Kumar, Devendra Kumar, Abhishek Namdev
Abstract: The study was undertaken to know the status and distribution of the Sarus crane (Grus antigone antigone) that is categorized as vulnerable on International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. The present study was undertaken by Indian Biodiversity Conservation Society and Forest Department, Bundelkhand Region from 2015-2017. The population size was estimated as 8 and 177 Sarus cranes in Jhansi and Lalitpur respectively. In Jhansi, Sarus has been observed only in 2 Forest ranges, while in Lalitpur they have been reported from 7 Forest Ranges. The maximum Sarus cranes were observed near the water Reservoirs (77), followed by Ponds (30), agricultural fields (28) and open fields (24). Only 22 Sarus cranes were seen along the river banks. This study reveals the population status of the State bird of Uttar Pradesh in 2 districts which face severe climatic adversities and is a backward region regarding the importance to wetlands and its biodiversity. It requires instantaneous actions to shield the water bodies as well as awareness amongst the local residents.