Waterbirds of Northern India
India has about 4.1 million hectares of wetland habitat and it is estimated that more than three million waterbirds arrive in our country every winter.
Waterbirds of Northern India focusses on the approximately 180 waterbird species (resident as well as migratory) and 36 wetland dependent birds in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Delhi, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh. North India is blessed with extensive wetland habitats in the sub-Himalayan Terai and Indo-gangetic plains.
Descriptions of species, behaviour, habitat, residential status, food, threats and population status are touched upon. This field guide also includes residence and winter distribution maps, international conventions on wetland conservation, their objectives, scope and rules. An index to scientific and English names of waterbirds has also been provided. Apart from the 40 colour plates, illustrations also include line drawings of the different types of beaks and feet. The authors stress that waterbirds are the best indicators of the health of the wetland habitat. Much of our wetland habitats are being degraded and many bird species are threatened today. The book also has a waterbird-count data sheet at the end of the book for readers to send observations and feedback on their birding activities.
By J.R.B. Alfred, Arun Kumar, P.C. Tak, J.P. Sati, Published by: Zoological Survey of India
Paperback; Price: Rs. 200 and Hardcover; Price: Rs. 750