State of India's birds, 2020

A first-of-its-kind nationwide study of India’s birds has found that among the species for which long-term trends could be established, over half have declined since 2000, of which 22% were declining strongly. Among the 146 species for which annual trends could be estimated, 80% were found to be declining, with close to 50% declining strongly. The assessment of nearly 867 species of birds, titled “ State of India’s Birds 2020”, concludes that very clearly, “our birds are in overall decline, in some cases catastrophically so”. The report was released at the 13th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species in Gandhinagar, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over video-conference.

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