Caught in a maze of power lines, a great Indian bird struggles for survival

Less than 150 Great Indian Bustards remain in India, and it is estimated that 18 of them die each year due to collision with power lines.
Less than 150 Great Indian Bustards remain in India, and it is estimated that 18 of them die each year due to collision with power lines.PHOTO: DEVESH GADHAVI

NEW DELHI -When India was choosing its national bird in the early 1960s, the late Dr Salim Ali, the country's pre-eminent ornithologist, backed an unlikely candidate - the Great Indian Bustard (GIB).

Its numbers were falling and Dr Ali felt the exalted status would accord one of India's heaviest flying birds the protection it rightfully deserved.

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