Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena
Hyderabad: The number of bird species listed as Critically Endangered (CE) has reached 173 bird in the country as per the latest International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Birds for 2013.
The latest species to join the growing list of birds facing the danger is Woolly-necked Stork, Andaman Teal, Andaman Green Pigeon, Ashy-headed Green Pigeon, Red-headed Falcon, Himalayan Griffon, Bearded Vulture and Yunnan Nuthatch.
Earlier in 2013, five species had been added to the threatened list, which includes Great Stone Plover, Alexandrine Parakeet, Grey-headed Parakeet, Blossom-headed Parakeet and Red-breasted Parakeet.
Critically Endangered list of threatened species released by IUCN is that database which provides information about species which are facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
The total number of species recognised by BirdLife in the 2014 Red List is 10,425.
Among them 140 species are extinct, 4 extinct in the wild, 213 critically endangered, 419 endangered and 741 vulnerable, the IUCN list said.
The latest list released by IUCN is certainly a wake up call that there is an urgent need to conserve the remaining habitants.
(With Agency inputs)