Over 50% of Indian birds at long-term risk: Report

A report on Indian birds has claimed that over 50 per cent of the 867 species studied exhibit a population decline in the long term, while 146 are at great risk in the short term.

The study - 'State of Indias Birds 2020' - states raptors, migratory seabirds and habitat specialist birds were most affected in past decades.

The research was released on Monday at the ongoing United Nations 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species in Gandhinagar.

"This assessment of nearly 867 Indian species makes it very clear that our birds are in overall decline, in some cases catastrophically so," states the report.

For the long-term, over 25 years, the data found that 52 per cent of 261 species were projected to decline, while for the short-term, almost 80 per cent of 146 species were on a decline.

The number of birds in the Western Ghats, considered one of the worlds foremost biodiversity hotspots, declined by almost 75 per cent since 2000, the report said. On the positive front, the study said Indian Peafowl, the national bird, has shown a dramatic increase in both abundance and distribution across the country.

The number of house sparrows has also stabilised nationwide, although there is still a marked decline in their population in cities, it said.