Species In News: Amur Falcons

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    In News 

    Recently, Amur Falcons have reached the Tamenglong district of Manipur – the annual stopover.

    Image Courtesy: ebird.org

    About 

    • Scientifically termed as ‘Falco amurensis’.
    • The Amur falcon is a small raptor of the falcon family.
    • Distribution and Migration: They breed in Siberia and Northern China and migrate to winter in Southern Africa. 
      • Migrates west through India and across the Arabian Sea to Southern Africa.
    • Food: Feeds on dragonflies and insects. 
    • Threats: illegal trapping and killing during migration, prone to habitat loss from agricultural practices and land reclamation. 
    • Conservation Status: The birds are the least concern under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
    • The hunting of the bird was punishable under the Manipur Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and could lead to three years of imprisonment and a fine of ?25,000.

    Source:TH