Migratory ducks and protected wetlands in India

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Abstract

India is the most important wintering ground for migratory ducks in the Central Asian Flyway. Because of its latitudinal and climatic extent, the country provides a diversity of wetland habitats for migratory ducks (Ali & Ripley 1978). India is the seventh largest country in the world with an area of about 3.3 million km2 or 2.4% of the world’s land-area. Mainland India stretches nearly 3200 km from north to south (6° to 36° N), and 3000 km from west to east (68° to 98° E). Given this huge geographical extent, migratory ducks wintering in the southern part of the country need to refuel at several wetlands before they cross the Himalayas on their way to the breeding areas in Central Asia and Siberia.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Migratory ducks and protected wetlands in India
DOI 10.1017/9781316335420.028
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 7 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Bird migration across the Himalayas
First page 373
Last page 379
Country India