AlbatrossDecember 20, 2022 2023-01-05 16:35
NEWS: A Rare flight of Antarctic’s Light-mantled Albatross to T.N. intrigues researchers.
Rameswaram and adjoining islets of the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park on the Adam’s Bridge (Ram Setu)- Asia’s first sighting of Light-mantled Albatross – species native to the Antarctic seas.
The location where the Albatross was spotted is part of the Palk Bay and near the Gulf of Mannar.
- Directs researchers to look for bird migration away from the well-known and established routes and sites.
- Change in atmospheric pressure could have been among the reasons for the Albatross to land on an Indian shore.
- Birds like albatross, that are known to be on the move, use the wind and save their energy during flights.
- Even slight changes in the temperature can cause drastic changes in the wind pattern and birds could land in faraway places that are not familiar to them.
IUCN status: Near Threatened
Scientific Name: Phoebetria palpebrate.
Also known as Grey-mantled albatross.
- Ash coloured with darker areas around the head and lighter areas across the back and wingtips.
- Distinctive white stripe immediately above the eye.With broad pelagic habits, maintains a circumpolar distribution in the Southern Ocean
- Breeds on : several sub-Antarctic islands- Macquarie Islands, Heard Island and McDonald Islands (Australia), South Georgia Island etc.
- Worldwide population – 21,600 breeding pairs, according to an estimate in 1998.
- Except when breeding, its habitat is entirely marine and it will forage from the edges of the Antarctic pack-ice to about 40°S.
Q. With reference to Light Mantled Albatross, a species which was discovered recently from India, consider the following statements:
- These species are native to Africa region.
- IUCN status accorded to this species is “Near Threatened”.
- These species are abundant in almost all Asian countries.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only (b) 2 only (c) 1 and 3 only (d) 1, 2 and 3
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