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THE GREAT INDIAN BUSTARD It is characterised by a black crown on the forehead contrasting with the pale neck and head. The body is brownish and the wings are marked with black, brown and grey. Threat to this species include Occasional poaching outside the protected areas; Collisions with high tension electric wires, fast moving vehicles and free-ranging dogs in the villages; and Habitat loss due to widespread agricultural expansion and infrastructural development, such as irrigation, roads, electric poles, as well as mining and industrialization. Conservation status Listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection)Act, 1972 Listed in CMS (Convention on Migratory Species). Listed in Appendix I of CITES. Listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and the National Wildlife Action Plan (2002-2016). It is identified as one of the species for the recovery programme under the Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (Government of India). About recovery programme It is one of the components of centrally sponsored scheme - Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (IDWH), which provides assistance to the State/UT governments for activities aimed at wildlife conservation. The other two components: Support to protected areas (National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Conservation Reserves and Community Reserves, except Tiger Reserves) Protection of wildlife outside the protected areas

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