Published on: January 14, 2023

Indian Skimmer

Indian Skimmer


isotretinoin no prescription with mastercard Why in news? Marand Indian Skimmers, included in the IUCN Red list of endangered species, were sighted in Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary in a day during the Asian Water bird Census-2023


Highlights

  • The Godavari estuary in Andhra Pradesh has become a prime and safe habitat for the Indian Skimmer as they migrate there for feeding
  • As many as 250 Indian Skimmers were sighted in the southern part of the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Great Knot and Caspian Terns have been sighted in good numbers during the census.
  • They were also sighted in Mahanadi area and Chambal area

About Indian Skimmer

  • Mainly found in rivers or estuaries.
  • IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Distribution: Parts of Pakistan in the Indus river system of Kashmir and northern and central India along the Ganges, Bangladesh and Burma and formerly occurred in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
  • Last strongholds: India, and Bangladesh

About Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Nature: Estuary
  • River : Godavari
  • Location : Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh
  • Third largest stretch of mangrove forests in India with 24 mangrove tree species

Distribution in India:

  • Coastal estuaries of western and eastern India as far south as Karwar on the western coast
  • Chennai and Pondicherry on the eastern coast .
  • Breeding colonies are known from the Chambal river area and banks of the Mahanadi river.

Geography

  • Nestling on the deltaic branches of Gouthami and Godavari Rivers at Kakinada Bay
  • Vegetation : Dry deciduous tropical forest.

Fauna:

  • White-backed vulture and the Long billed vulture
  • Golden jackal, Sea turtle and Fishing cat
  • Olive ridley sea turtles nest from January to March every year.