Flight of the Bustard: A Large Bird’s Struggle For Survival

There are fewer than 200 Great Indian Bustards left in the world.  

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(Image: The Quint/Rhythum Seth)

Back in the 1960s, more than 1,000 Great Indian Bustards roamed India’s and Pakistan’s skies. But now, there are only around 200 of these large birds left.

Populations were decimated as the bustard’s native habitat was destroyed. They were also hunted for sport and meat. Now, 90 percent of the Great Indian Bustard’s habitat has disappeared, and most of the birds can only be found in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

In an effort to save the bird, Indian government officials banned bustard hunting, but the practice continues in parts of Pakistan.

Is it too late to save the Great Indian Bustard?

(Infographic: Rhythm Seth/<b>The Quint</b>)
(Infographic: Rhythm Seth/The Quint)

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