Identification, protection, and monitoring of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) is a major global conservation programme initiated by BirdLife International, and recognized and appreciated by many governments, NGOs, and conservationists.
Threatened Birds of Assam identifies the most threatened and near threatened bird species in Assam and recommends measures for their long-term protection. It discusses seven critically endangered, eight endangered, thirty-three vulnerable, and twenty-eight near threatened birds in Assam. Covering Critically Endangered (like white-bellied heron, white-backed vulture, etc.), Marginal Species (pink-headed duck and spoon-billed sandpiper), Endangered Main Species (white-winged wood duck, baer's pochard, etc.), Vulnerable Main Species (swamp francolin, sarus crane, yellow weaver, etc.), Vulnerable Marginal Species (marbled duck, wood snip, etc.), and Near Threatened (Japanese quail, black-necked strok, Asian dowitcher, etc.) species, Threatened Birds of Assam will help in expanding the scope of conservation in Assam and in India.
Critically Endangered Main Species: White-bellied Heron / White-backed Vulture / Slender-billed Vulture / Red-headed or King Vulture / Bengal Florican
Marginal Species: Pink-headed Duck / Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Endangered Min Species: White-winged Wood Duck / Great Adjutant / Baer's Pochard
Marginal Species: Green Peafowl / Red-breasted Goose / Egyptian Vulture / Masked Finfoot / : Spotted or Nordmann's Greenshank
Vulnerable Main Species: Swamp Francolin / Manipur Bush-quail / Blyth's Tragopan / Lesser Adjutant / Pallas's Fish-eagle / Greater Spotted Eagle / Sarus Crane / Pale-capped Pigeon / Dark-rmped Swift / Rufous-necked Hornbill / Jerdon's Babbler / Marsh Babbler / Black-breasted Parrotbill / Yellow Weaver
Vulnerable Marginal Species: Chestnut-breasted Partridge / Lesser White-fronted Goose / Marbled Duck / Dalmatian Pelican / Eastern Imperial Eagle / Wood Snip / Indian Skimmer / Great Slaty Woodpecker / Grey-crowned Prinia / Bristled Grassbird / Tawny-breasted Wren-babbler / Slender-billed Babbler / Beautiful Nuthatch / Grey-sided Thrush / White-throated or Hodgson's Bushchat
Near Threatened: Japanese Quail / White-cheeked Partridge / Falcated Duck / Ferruginous Duck or White-eyed Pochard / Painted Stork / Black-headed Ibis or White Ibis / Spotted-billed Pelican / Oriental Darter or Snakebird / Laggar Falcon / Lesser Fish-eagle / Cinereous Vulture / Pallid Harrier / Asian Dwoitcher / Black-tailed Godwit / Eurasian Curlew / Blacked-bellied Tern / Blyth's Kingfisher / Austen's Brown Hornbill / Great Pied Hornbill / Yellow-rumped Honeyguide / Rufous-vented or Swamp Prinia / Rufous-rumped Grassbird / Long-tailed Wren-babbler / Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush / Rusted-bellied Shortwing / Firethroat
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Asad R. Rahmani is currently Director of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). He has written more than 100 research papers for national and international journals, five books, and numerous popular articles and book reviews. He is Principal Investigator of many prestigious projects of the BNHS, including the Important Bird Area (IBA) Programme of BirdLife International and BNHS. He is the Executive Editor of the Journal of the BNHS and Editor of Hornbill and Mistnet.
Anwaruddin Choudhury is the pioneer of long-term wildlife research in Assam and has three decades of experience in the field. At present, he is the Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur district in Assam. He has authored nineteen books and monographs, and has written at least 44 technical reports on wildlife and more than 600 articles and scientific papers.