3 of 4 GIBs missing after Biparjoy found in Gujarat village | India News

AHMEDABAD: Three of the four great Indian bustards (GIBs) – the only surviving birds of the critically endangered species in Gujarat – that had gone missing during the cyclone last week, have been spotted in Bhanada village of Naliya, reports Himanshu Kaushik. Forest department officials, who had been fearing the worst after five days of search operations failed to yield favourable results, heaved a huge sigh of relief. They have now decided to look for the fourth GIB in and around Naliya using a drone, said sources.
“We have found three GIBs in Bhanada village of Naliya in Kutch while the fourth one is still missing. Our teams are searching for the missing bird,” said VS Rana, the chief conservator of forest, Kutch division.
“The GIB numbers have come down from 20 to four in the past five years. The carcasses of the 16 birds believed to be dead have not been found yet to state with certainty that only four GIBs are left in the state. Senior officials have decided to employ high-tech drones to see if there are more birds,” said a forest official.

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