Wednesday, 29 June, 2022

Topic: Birds

Population of over 100 species of Indian birds on decline, claims first-of-its-kind report

The study, titled State of India’s Birds 2020, states raptors, migratory seabirds & habitat specialist birds were most affected in past decades.

Bird species today are dying out a hundred times faster than we thought

Based on Red List numbers, the expected lifespan of a species living today is only about 5,000 years — this is six times worse than the historical rate.

Illegal salt mining under scanner for mass death of birds at Rajasthan’s Sambhar Lake

Vets’ preliminary reports suggest cause of death as avian botulism, but could extraction of water & high sodium content in the lake have led to the mass deaths?

World’s largest eagle ‘rescued’ in Odisha, but experts say ‘doesn’t look like it’

The Odisha forest department has identified rescued eagle as Philippine eagle. Experts say it looks like a crested serpent eagle.

Bird eggs come in different colours for temperature control, finds new study

Dark pigmentation allows eggs to absorb more sunlight, thus maintaining their internal temperature for long, shows study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

If climate change doesn’t slow down, many bird species will be on brink of extinction

A new study has found that birds are changing their reproduction and migration patterns to cope with the climate crisis but not fast enough.

Human noises create havoc for birds, even prevent them from reproducing, says new study

The study by Queen’s University Belfast is the first to establish a link between human-induced noise pollution and decline of bird population.

On Camera


An employee works at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. facility in Chakan, Maharashtra | Bloomberg file photo

Bigger cars, smaller chips — Why Mahindra is worried about increased wait time

A major focus for Mahindra will be defending its market share in the large-format SUV segment from Tata Motors and Hyundai Motor.


The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.