By A M K Bharos
The author is the State Coordinator, Chhattisgarh, Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN). firstname.lastname@example.org
Once seen in large numbers across the State, the vultures of Chhattisgarh are experiencing a steep decline for any bird species in India. A handful of sightings are the only proof that the birds still survive in isolated pockets of the State.
It happened around 1990. Chhattisgarh suddenly noticed vultures - the five species that inhabit these realms out of the ten that call India their home, had started disappearing. Earlier it was common to spot vultures soaring in the skies and it was not unusual to sight large congregations on carcasses across the State. Vulture habitats in Chhattisgarh The birds, till about two decades ago, were well spread out across the State. Nesting sites of all five species - the White-rumped...