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ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH    2014, Vol. 35 Issue (S1) : 39-50     DOI: 10.13918/j.issn.2095-8137.2014.s1.0039
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Status and distribution of Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) in India
Pankaj Chandan1, Afifullah Khan2, Jigmet Takpa3, Syed A. Hussain4, Kamal Mehdi1, Pushpinder Singh Jamwal1, Rohit Rattan1, Nisa Khatoon1, Tsewang Rigzin1, Anupam Anand5, Pijush Kr. Dutta6, Tanveer Ahmad2, Partha S. Ghose1, Priyadarshinee Shrestha1, Lak Tsheden Theengh1
1. WWF-India, 172-B, Lodi Estate, New Delhi, India;
2. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India ;
3. Department of Wildlife Protection, Ladakh J&K, Government, India;
4. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Government of India, India;
5. University of Maryland, USA;
6. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Campus, India
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Abstract  

In order to understand and monitor the status and distribution of the Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) in India, we carried out systematic long term yearly surveys between 2000 and 2014 at all previously known locations as well as attempted to explore new areas. In this paper, we have summarized the distribution and status of the species in its historic range based on the literature and data collected during surveys in Jammu & Kashmir and at few locations in Northeast India. This paper presents a detailed account of the current status and distribution of the Black-necked Crane in India. The present study is first of its kind which monitored the Black-necked Crane population in India for a period of 15 years. During the entire study period, a maximum of 139 birds were recorded in breeding areas in Ladakh in 2012, and 11 wintering birds were recorded in norteast India in 2006.

Keywords Black-necked Crane      High altitude wetland      Ladakh      Northeast India      Sikkim     
PACS:  Q959.7  
  Q958.1  
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Pankaj Chandan
Afifullah Khan
Jigmet Takpa
Syed A. Hussain
Kamal Mehdi
Pushpinder Singh Jamwal
Rohit Rattan
Nisa Khatoon
Tsewang Rigzin
Anupam Anand
Pijush Kr. Dutta
Tanveer Ahmad
Partha S. Ghose
Priyadarshinee Shrestha
Lak Tsheden Theengh
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Pankaj Chandan,Afifullah Khan,Jigmet Takpa, et al. Status and distribution of Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) in India[J]. ZOOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2014, 35(S1): 39-50.
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