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Ardea insignis Hume, 1878 – White-bellied Heron

Taxonomic Notes:

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


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Indian and global distribution:
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Status, Habitat and Habits:

This species is extremely rare. It inhabits inland wetlands and the forests of the eastern Himalayan foothills from the sea level up to 1,500m. It is found to be extinct in Nepal and possibly extinct in Bangladesh (BirdLife International 2018). This species is present in Myanmar, Bhutan, and India but in a very small number (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, with the current population size estimated between 50 and 249 individuals approximately. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to wide range industrialization, agriculture and other human encroachments (BirdLife International 2018).

References:
BirdLife International 2018. Ardea insignis . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22697021A134201407. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22697021A134201407.en. Accessed on 30 January 2020.


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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bhavanarayeni, R., and A. Bayani. 2020. Ardea insignis Hume, 1878 – White-bellied Heron. Satose, V., V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.14. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
http://www.birdsofindia.org/sp/920/Ardea-insignis
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