Chlamydotis macqueenii (J.E. Gray, 1832) - Macqueen's Bustard

Subspecies in India

This is also known as the Asian Houbara.
 

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

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This rare species is also known as the Asian Houbara. It inhabits grasslands of arid and semi-arid areas with sparse vegetation. It is migratory, breeding in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and China, wintering in India (mostly in Rajasthan and Gujarat), Uzbekistan, Israel, and Egypt. This species has gone extinct in Turkey and possibly extinct in Armenia (BirdLife International 2019).

Conservation Status:
 

This species is listed as Vulnerable 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, with the current population estimate of 33,000-67,000 individuals. Major threat faced by this species is falconry along its migratory route and on its wintering grounds. Another threat faced by it is habitat disturbance due to oil mining (BirdLife International 2019).
 
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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
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Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
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BirdLife International 2019. Chlamydotis macqueenii (amended version of 2017 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T22733562A155425140.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Chlamydotis macqueenii (J.E. Gray, 1832) – Macqueen's 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/chlamydotis-macqueenii, accessed 2024/06/25.