Great Hornbill – UPSC Prelims

Great Hornbill: It is one of the larger members of the hornbill family. It is found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Great hornbill which was earlier categorised as “Near Threatened”,  is now “Vulnerable” due to high hunting pressure coupled with habitat loss and deforestation. Hornbills are indicators of the health of a forest. They are seed dispersers and …

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Dugongs – UPSC Prelims

Dugongs: Dugong also called ‘Sea Cow’ is one of the four surviving species in the Order Sirenia and it is the only existing species of herbivorous mammal that lives exclusively in the sea including in India. Dugongs are an important part of the marine ecosystem and their depletion will have effects all the way up the food chain. Distribution and Habitat: They are found …

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Golden Langur – UPSC Prelims

Golden Langur: Golden langur are found only in Assam and Bhutan. They are highly dependent on trees, living in the upper canopy of forests. They are also known as leaf monkeys. IUCN Status: Endangered They are Schedule-I species under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Kakoijana Reserve Forest is one of the better-known homes of the golden langur.

Indian Desert Cat – UPSC Prelims

Indian Desert Cat is also known as the Asian steppe wildcat and Asiatic Wildcat. The cat is considered as a subspecies of African Wildcat. It is mostly found in Kazakhstan, western India, China and Mongolia. Habitat: The cat is found in deserts and can survive without water. The toes of the species have cushion-like hair which helps them to balance the fluctuating desert …

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Great Indian Bustard – UPSC Prelims

It is found in the exclusively in north-western plains particularly parts of Rajasthan and also Pakistan. It is one of the heaviest flying birds. IUCN Status : critically endangered bird with less than 150 birds left in the wild. Indian Wildlife (Protection)Act,1972: Schedule I CITES: Appendix I Threats: Death by collision with infrastructure, particularly power lines …

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