A bird the size of a black duck, the Bengal Floricon is under high threat. It is a rather beautiful, yet odd-looking bird. Elongated black feathers on the head, neck and back, a brown or black plumage, this is as rare a bird as it comes.

The Bengal florican, although a capable flier, is most often seen walking or running along the ground. It has a varied diet, feeding on insects, grasshoppers, beetles, ants, occasionally lizards and small snakes, and grasses, flowers, shoots, berries and seeds. The proportion of these various food items varies depending on their availability, so that plant matter dominates in winter and spring, while invertebrate prey becomes more important in summer.

Males can grow up to be as tall as 64 cm, while the females are a tad bit taller. Females are heavier than males.It is an inhabitant of flat, low vegetation and moist grasslands.While the males need short grass for mating combat, the female spend most of their hotter days in among the tall grassy patches.

They are currently classified as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List.

Due to drainage, conversion to agriculture, Shifting Cultivation, Overgrazing and heavy flooding, the habitat of Bengal Floricon is being destroyed. It is infact the most prominent threat to the rare bustard.

So, we consistently apply efforts to ensure upholding of the grasslands, which are home to the bustard’s. As the bird teeters on the edge of extinction, more and more conservation methods are required. We try surveying the grasslands, attempt for preservation and extension of habitat of the Floricons, also improving the state of currently habitable sites.

 

Project details

  • Step 1: Research and Field Work
  • Step 2: Habitat Preservation