Sanjoy Dey, Hindustan Times,
Updated: Mar 08, 2016 15:33 IST
“The bird was hit by stones. It’s legs had injuries. We have sent the bird for cure and care to
zoo,” said Madhukar, divisional forest officer of Chatra South division. Zoo
officials received the bird, considered the mount (vahana) of Lord Vishnu in
Hindu mythology, on Sunday evening. Ranchi
The lesser adjutant is placed in the vulnerable category -- the red list for birds -- of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). “Weight of the bird is around 10kg and it has a wing span of five feet,” Madhukar said, adding that the bird was rarely sighted in a few water bodies in Jharkhand. “Our team is investigating who injured the bird,” he said.
KK Sharma, in-charge of the Jharkhand-Bihar chapter of the Ornithology Society of India, said the bird became rare in the state because of food shortage and poaching.
“In Jharkhand villages, the bird is poached for two reasons -- meat and superstition. The bird’s beak and bone are kept in houses with a misconception that they bring fortunes,” Sharma said.
“Population of the bird is dwindling rapidly in the world due to habitat loss, anthropogenic pressure, decreasing wetland feeding areas, intensive fishing and increased use of pesticides,” said Satya Prakash, state convener of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).