Friday, December 24, 2010

The First Ever Photograph of the Western Tragopan in the Wild

The first ever photo of a Western Tragopan taken in the wild has been posted on the Great Himalayan National Park Blog-

The photo was taken in 2010 by photographer, Dhritiman Mukherjee.
The Western Tragopan is the State Bird of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Green peafowl is now 'Endangered'

The Green peafowl, which was listed as a Vulnerable species in 2008, has been shifted to the Endangered category in the year 2009 update of the Red List. This illustrates how quickly the situation can go from bad to worse for a species that is already under pressure due to hunting and loss of habitat. It also shows how important it is to monitor the threatened species for population trends on a yearly basis.

'This majestic species has a very rapidly declining and severely fragmented population, primarily owing to intense habitat conversion and high hunting levels. Population trends and further fragmentation are projected to continue.' - IUCN

Details on the following website -
Photo of Green peafowl Pavo muticus, Bronx Zoo, New York by Stavenn. From Wikipedia -