Kerala Government declares June 22 as ‘Snake Bird Day’


i. Kerala Government has declared June 22 as ‘Snake Bird Day’ in a bid to protect the endangered species which is also known as Indian darter. The formal announcement was made by State minister for forest Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan at a function organised by Snake Bird Foundation in Thiruvananthapuram.
ii. It is water bird which is also known as Indian darter (Anhinga melanogaster). It has large slender long-necked water bird and is mostly black with silver wing markings.
iii. As per IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Snake Bird is classified as Near Threatened species. Threat: Its population is moderately declining owing anthropogenic reasons like pollution, drainage, hunting and the collection of eggs and nestlings.
iv. It inhabits in shallow inland wetlands including rivers, lakes, swamps and reservoirs. In case of India there are over 1500 snake birds in which majority are found in Kerala. These species usually nests atop tall trees near wetlands.



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