Tetrax tetrax (Linnaeus, 1758) - Little Bustard

Subspecies in India

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


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This species is uncommon. It inhabits dry grasslands and cultivated lands in semi-arid areas rich with insects. It has two breeding populations, the Eastern population (from Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan) and the Western population (from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Morocco). This species migrates to Azerbaijan, Iran, and other southeast Asian countries for wintering (BirdLife International 2018).

Conservation Status:
  

This species is listed as Near Threatened 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, the population of this species was lastly recorded to be approximately 240,000 mature individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance and less food availability due to agriculture and pesticides (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
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 2018. Tetrax tetrax . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22691896A129913710. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22691896A129913710.en. Accessed on 13 February 2020.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Tetrax tetrax (Linnaeus, 1758) – Little 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/tetrax-tetrax, accessed 2024/07/15.