• It is also called bluebuck
  • It is the largest Asian antelope (family Bovidae).
  • The nilgai is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent.
  • It is the only one of the four Indian antelopes that is still abundant.
  • It is the largest of all Asian antelopes and is one of the most commonly seen wild animals in all of India.
  • IUCN Status : Least Concern
  • Why in news? Nilgai causes extensive damage to crops in gangetic plains. MoEFCC has asked state governments to send proposals to declare wild animals vermin for specified period in a given area.

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