Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary

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Overview:

Recently, a greater racket-tailed drongo bird was found in the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary which is known for its loud musical whistling sound.

About the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary:

  • It is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
  • It lies alongside the northern tip of the River Ganga, flowing thru the districts of Muzzafarnagar and Bijnore.
  • It has a variety of landforms and is a mixture of different habitats such as wetlands, marshes, dry sand beds and gently sloping ravines.
  • Fauna: Swamp Deer, Leopard, Wild Cats, Wild Otter, Pythons etc.
  • Under Crocodile Breeding Projects, baby crocodiles are released in the Ganga River near Hastinapur.
  • Under the aegis of the World Wide Fund (WWF) the Turtle Rehabilitation Program also has its centre near the Hastinapur Sanctuary.
  • It is a part of the "Asia Flyway" project and many migratory Birds, both local and foreign flock in numbers near the numerous water bodies present in the region.

 

Key Facts about Greater racket-tailed drongo

  • It is a medium-sized Asian bird which is distinctive in having elongated outer tail feathers with webbing restricted to the tips. 
  • They are diurnal but are active well before dawn and late at dusk. 
  • They make a wide range of loud calls that include perfect imitations of many other birds.
  • Distribution in India: The distribution range extends from the western Himalayas to the eastern Himalayas and Mishmi Hills and is also found in the hills of peninsular India and the Western Ghats
  • Conservation status:
    • IUCN: Least Concern

 


Q1) What is the mission of the World Wide Fund?

WWF's mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. The organization aims to build a future where humans live in harmony with nature by conserving species and their habitats, promoting sustainable practices, and addressing global environmental challenges.

Source: Drongo spotted at Hastinapur sanctuary, experts cheer