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  • 07 January, 2023

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Indian Skimmers

Indian Skimmers

  • According to the Asian Waterbird Census 2023, which has just begun (recommended dates for the AWC are 7 - 22 January), the Godavari estuary in Andhra Pradesh has developed into a prime and secure habitat for the Indian Skimmer ( Rynchops albicollis).
  • Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary reported seeing about 250 Indian Skimmers.

What are Indian Skimmers?

  • Indian scissors bill is another frequent name for Indian skimmers.
  • Indian skimmers are found in the coastal estuaries of western and eastern India; they are more common in the winter.
  • The species can be seen in Central India around the Chambal River, at a few locations in Odisha, and in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Degradation of habitat and an excessively large increase in disturbances close to rivers are the main threats.

Defendant Status:

  • Red List of IUCN Status: Threatened
  • Not listed in CITES

About Coringa National Wildlife Refuge:

  • In order to safeguard other endangered species including Indian otters and Olive Ridley turtles as well as the saltwater crocodile, the government designated a portion of the Godavari mangrove system as the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary in 1978.
  • This region is essential for the breeding and nesting of about 120 species of resident and migratory birds.

Source: The Hindu


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