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Indian Skimmer

  • 11 Jan 2020
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Why in News

The annual bird census has been commenced in the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary and surrounding wetlands in the Godavari mangroves on the east coast in Andhra Pradesh.

  • The census aims at the documentation of migratory and resident birds so that a better management plan of the complex ecosystem supporting the waterbird species can be prepared.
  • The Godavari mangroves is one among the few places where the Indian Skimmer can be spotted.

Key Points

  • Indian Skimmer (Rynchops albicollis) is a waterbird species.
  • In India, the species can be sighted near the Chambal river in Central India, in few parts of Odisha and in Andhra Pradesh.
  • IUCN Red List Status- Vulnerable.
  • CITES Status: Not listed.
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