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The Indian Skimmer, a unique bird with an equally unique hunting strategy, is briskly losing its hold due to rampant development and unscientific management of its habitat. Deemed Vulnerable by the IUCN, its population is declining rapidly. The skimmer is a

An Asian barbet with a crimson-toned forehead and throat, the Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus) is identified by its metronomic call, similar to that of a coppersmith striking copper with a hammer. This ubiquitous resident of Mumbai has been chosen as

  Forced self-isolation of the humans turns out to be a boon to nature, with its wild denizen coming out of their hiding places to the near proximity of human habitat during the lockdown forced by the spread of Covid-19     Humans everywhere

Our youngest Guest Editor shares stories and snippets on wildlife, conservation and the environment. City slickers With cities growing phenomenally by the day, birds need to learn to adapt to this new environment; and adapt they have! Some birds have become so

The spotted doves (Spilopelia chinensis) or spotted turtle doves, denizens of tropical southern Asia, are often found near human habitatation.     The year 2020 began with a huge number of birds being spotted in Nhava Sheva. It gives me great pleasure to

News of wildlife sightings continue due to the lack of human presence as a result of the lockdown during pandemic. An interesting take on the experiences of frontline forest staff and the denizens of the wild during the lockdown.   While returning

The arid grasslands in the country are under serious threat from developmental and illegal activities. Although seemingly a harsh place to survive, these grasslands support an amazing diversity of life. Our author highlights the importance of this threatened habitat in

The bright and colourful Green Avadavat is listed as Vulnerable due to its rapidly declining population—a consequence of widespread trapping for trade, which is compounded by continuous loss and degradation of its habitat. The distinctive and brightly-coloured Green Avadavat (Amandava formosa)

Imagine being woken up by the sweet alarm of a blue whistling thrush, followed by a symphony of calls of a variety of birds and butterflies. Ramgarh offers refuge to the weary soul with its tranquil beauty and rustic olde

Migratory birds, their nesting habits and patterns as well as conservation of avian life in Telineelapuram, Andhra Pradesh form the subject of Shakti and Amar Bishnoi’s latest story. Telineelapuram and Telukunchi Bird Sanctuaries are located in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh,