Sarus Cranes, Noida

Sharath Nair

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Wetland loss and degradation are critical problems throughout the range of Sarus cranes. Destruction of wetlands due to agricultural and industrial expansion is increasing dramatically, driven by mounting human population pressure and aspirations.

Greater Noida may be on the World Map thanks to the F1 Grand Prix, or its world class infrastructural development; but what is surprising is how it is still home to the world’s tallest flying bird. It is an incongruous sight to see this pair with highrises in the background.

The Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) is the only resident crane of India. Wetland loss and degradation are critical problems throughout the range of these cranes. Destruction of wetlands due to agricultural and industrial expansion is increasing dramatically, driven by mounting human population pressure and aspirations.

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