Black-necked crane: status, breeding productivity and conservation in Ladakh, India

This report on Black-necked Crane is the result of intensive studies and surveys in the harsh and unique environment of Ladakh. There are several findings which will be of great interest to ornithologists and particularly people working on cranes. The report takes into account the interest of the general reader and therefore has the first two chapters accounting for general information on the cranes of the world and the Black-necked Crane respectively. The essence of the report lies in the chapter giving account of the survey observations from almost all the wetlands of eastern Ladakh, where the Black-necked Cranes are known to breed and feed. Such an exhaustive survey is the first ever to be conducted in all the 22 wetlands in this region. The information generated from the current survey has been put in perspective against past studies and a detailed analysis has been carried out.