The fowls of the air

THE latest news from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) points out that all the warnings and pleading of conservationists have gone unheeded, and the world has lost nearly one-third of its bird species. India, rich in birdlife, has been particularly badly hit. In the IUCN Red List for 2008 for birds, India has the largest number of threatened species. A combination of factors has led to this pass

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