Radar threatens rare Indian hornbills

This 2017 video says about itself:

Watch Narcondam hornbill feeding its baby

The Narcondam hornbill (Rhyticeros narcondami) is a species of hornbill in the Bucerotidae family. It is endemic to the Indian island of Narcondam in the Andamans. Males and females have a distinct plumage. The Narcondom hornbill has the smallest home range out of all the species of Asian hornbills.

From mongabay.com:

World’s last 300 Narcondam hornbills threatened by radar facility off India

June 27, 2012

A plan to build a radar installation on a remote island puts the world’s only population of some 300 Narcondam Hornbills (Aceros narcondami) at risk, warns Conservation India.

The Indian Coast Guard has proposed a radar facility and diesel power generation station on Narcondam, a three-kilometer-by-four-kilometer island in the Andaman and Nicobar Island group. The plan includes clearing forest for a new road and increased human presence on the island. According to the conservation group, the project has “high potential for chronic and increased disturbance to this lushly forested island and its small hornbill population.”

“The existing police outpost has itself caused some loss of habitat,” stated Conservation India on its web site. “It is dependent on the single freshwater source available on the island, and any additional human presence and installations will only compound the problems for the island and its unique flora and fauna.

Conservation India is urging Jayanthi Natarajan, the Minister of State for Environment and Forests, to reject the proposal. The group is asking supporters to send letters to the minister, whose decision will determine the fate of the project.

E-mail of Minister Jayanthi Natarajan: jayanthi.n@sansad.nic.in


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    INDIA: The Supreme Court has banned all commercial activity and tourism near the habitat of the Jarawa tribal group on the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

    The ruling bars hotels and resorts from operating within three miles of the Jarawa reserve, meaning several establishments already in place will close.

    The court said it was important to prevent interference with the tribe’s traditional way of life.



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