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Hundreds of bird species in India are declining



Hundreds of bird species
in India are in decline, according to the country’s first major report on the
state of bird populations. Birds of prey and waterbirds seem to have been hit
particularly hard owing to habitat destruction, hunting and the pet trade. But it’s not all bad news. Species such as
the house sparrow seem to be doing better than previously thought. The State
of India’s Birds
 report, released on 17 February, relied on
more than 10 million observations from birdwatchers recorded in the online
repository of worldwide bird sightings, eBird. The report’s authors — researchers from 10
government and non-profit research and conservation groups — used eBird data to
analyse long-term trends for 261 bird species. That is, the proportional change
in the frequency of reported sightings of since 1993. They found that more than
half of those species have declined since 2000. The group also looked at the
current annual trends in 146 species; nearly 80% have declined in the past 5