Ardeotis nigriceps (Vigors, 1831) - Great Indian Bustard

Subspecies in India

This is also known as the Indian Bustard.

This species is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).

 

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This endemic Indian species is extremely rare. It inhabits grasslands in the desert and semi-arid areas of India (mainly Rajasthan and Maharashtra) and Pakistan. It congregates in less disturbed grasslands for breeding during mid-summer and monsoon (BirdLife International 2018).

Conservation Status:
 
This species is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining and its current population size is estimated approx. between 50 and 249. The threats to its persistence come from habitat disturbance due to large scale agriculture, mining and other human encroachment (BirdLife International 2018).
 
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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra1
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan31512
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total31522
BirdLife International 2018. Ardeotis nigriceps . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22691932A134188105. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22691932A134188105.en. Accessed on 30 January 2020.
 

Page citation

Bhavanarayeni, R., and A. Bayani 2024. Ardeotis nigriceps (Vigors, 1831) – Great Indian Bustard. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/ardeotis-nigriceps, accessed 2024/06/25.