PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Blyth’s tragopan (Tragopan blythii, grey-bellied tragopan) and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018 Blyth’s tragopan (Tragopan blythii, grey-bellied tragopan) and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Blyth’s tragopan (Tragopan blythii, grey-bellied tragopan) Vulnerable (VU) — IUC State bird of Nagaland pheasant species  & omnivores bird These birds are secretive, shy and suspicious of humans, and quick to hide amongst the dense vegetation they inhabit if disturbed …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Barasingha (swamp deer or dolhorina (Assam)) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018 Barasingha (swamp deer or dolhorina (Assam)) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Barasingha (swamp deer or dolhorina (Assam))   Vulnerable (VU) – IUCN State animal of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh Name — antlers carry more than three tines Habitat They prefer tall grasslands and open habitats. They found in swampland …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Northern goshawk and World Heritage Convention, 1972

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018 Northern goshawk and World Heritage Convention, 1972 Northern goshawk It is a raptor Name – in latin it means to grasp Least concerned – IUCN State bird of Punjab Habitat Inhabits many of the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere Goshawks are birds of wild forests and tend to occur in …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018: Indian paradise flycatcher and International Whaling Commission (IWC)

PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Indian paradise flycatcher and International Whaling Commission (IWC) Indian paradise flycatcher  Least Concern — IUCN Red List (As the global population is considered stable) State animal of Madhya Pradesh passerine bird  native to the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Myanmar Males have elongated central tail feathers Insectivorous — feed on insects Local Name – Dudhraj or shah bulbul …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis) and Traffic

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018 Black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis) and Traffic Black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis) Vulnerable — IUCN Red List  state bird of Jammu and Kashmir It is reveredin Buddhist traditions and culturally protected across much of its range Range Tibetan Plateau and remote parts of India and Bhutan Habitat Breeds in alpine bog meadows and riverine marshes, favouring lacustrine marshes from 2,600-4,900 m. It …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) and Wetlands International 

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) and Wetlands International    Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)   Near threatened– IUCN Red List State bird of Kerala and Arunachal Pradesh Local names —  homrai(Nepal), banrao, Vezhaambal Long-lived, living for nearly 50 years in captivity Found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia Predominantly frugivorous, but is an opportunist and will …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Indian roller (Indian blue roller, northern roller and southern blue roller) and BirdLife International 

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Indian roller (Indian blue roller, northern roller and southern blue roller) and BirdLife International    Indian roller (Indian blue roller, northern roller and southern blue roller) Least Concern (LC) — IUCN Red List Neelkant — throat and upper breast are purple in color state bird of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka and Telangana Range — widely across tropical Asia from Iraq eastward …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Dugong and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Dugong and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)   Dugong   Vulnerable — IUCN Strictly marine herbivorousmammal Largely dependent on sea grasscommunities for subsistence and is thus restricted to the coastal habitats which support sea grass meadows Habitat   Coastal areas, shallow to medium deep, warm waters with sea grass …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018:Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)   Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) Vulnerable– IUCN Red List state animal of Meghalaya CITES Appendix I animal Named after the distinctive ‘clouds’ on its coat – ellipses partially edged in black, with the insides a darker colour than the background colour of …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Snow leopard/Ounce((Panthera uncia) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Snow leopard /Ounce((Panthera uncia) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)   Snow leopard (ounce)   Vulnerable — IUCN   State animal of Himachal Pradesh Native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia   Habitat Inhabits alpine and subalpine zones at elevations from 3,000 to 4,500 m (9,800 to 14,800 ft), ranging from western Afghanistan to Mongolia and western China( Himalaya …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Phayre’s leaf monkey (Phayre’s langur) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF)

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Phayre’s leaf monkey (Phayre’s langur) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF)   Phayre’s leaf monkey (Phayre’s langur) Endangered (EN) – IUCN Species of lutungfound in Southeast Asia State animal of Tripura   Habitat Prefer mixed moist deciduous forests, primary and secondary evergreen and semi-evergreen forests. They also found in woodlands, bamboo areas and …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) and UNDP – United Nation Development Programme

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) and UNDP – United Nation Development Programme   Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)   Vulnerable — IUCN Red List State animal of West Bengal Medium-sized wild cat of South and Southeast Asia Habitat Strongly associated with wetlands, typically inhabit swamps and marshy areas, around oxbow lakes, reed beds, tidal creeks and in mangrove …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Sambar Deer and Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Sambar and Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)   Sambar Deer Vulnerable –IUCN Red List State animal of Odisha Nocturnal and solitary Native range — Indian subcontinent, southern China, and Southeast Asia Habitat Gentle slopes and the steeper parts of forested hillsides. They prefer to live near cultivated areas like gardens and …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Serow and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons 

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Serow and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons    Serow Goat-like or antelope-like mammals of the genus Capricornis Live in central or eastern Asia. There are 6 species Japanese serow Taiwan serow,  Sumatran serow Chinese serow Red serow Himalayan serow   India – only 2 Himalayan serow — most of the the …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Gaur (Indian Bison) and Australia Group

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Gaur and Australia Group   Gaur(Indian Bison) Vulnerable–IUCN Red List State animal of Goa Largest extant bovine Native to Indian Subcontinent andSoutheast Asia. Local names Seladang — Malayan gaur Pyoung — Burmese gaur Gayal or mithun — domesticated form of gaur Habitat Largely confined to evergreen forestsor semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests, but …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Sangai (brow-antlered deer or dancing deer or Eld’s deer ) and Wassenaar Arrangement

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Sangai (brow-antlered deer or dancing deer or Eld’s deer ) and Wassenaar Arrangement   Sangai (brow-antlered deer or dancing deer or Eld’s deer ) Endangered (EN) — IUCN. Endemic species found only in Manipur, India. State animal of Manipur Habitat: Floating marshy grasslands, Phumids, of the Keibul Lamjao National Park, located in …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Nilgai (blue bull) and The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Nilgai (blue bull) and The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)   Nilgai (blue bull) Least concerned – IUCN red list State animal of Delhi Largest Asian antelope  Endemic to the Indian subcontinent.  Sexual dimorphismis prominent – Females and juveniles are orange to tawny Adult males have a bluish-grey coat & possess horns Nilgai is diurnal(active …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: The Gayal (Mithun) and Arctic Council 

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 The Gayal (Mithun) and Arctic Council    The Gayal (Mithun) Vulnerable — IUCN. Semi domestic bovine considered to be descendent from wild Indian gaur State animal of Arunachal Pradesh & Nagaland Habitat Forested hills and nearby grassy clearings at elevations of up to 5,900 feet. Distributed in north-eastern hill region …

PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Chinkara and Antarctic Treaty System (ATS)

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Red Panda  and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)   Chinakara   Least concerned – IUCN It is the smallest asiatic antelope Basically a shy and demure animaland stays away from human habitation Behaviour:  Chinkaras are shy and avoid human habitation. They can go without water for long periods and can …