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Source: The post is based on the article “Godavari estuary has become prime habitat for Indian skimmer: expert” published in The Hindu on 12th January 2023
What is the News?
The Godavari estuary in Andhra Pradesh has become a prime and safe habitat for the Indian skimmer (Rynchops albicollis).
Great Knot and Caspian Terns have also been sighted in good numbers during the census.
What is an Indian Skimmer?
What is Great Knot?
What are Caspian Terns?
Caspian Tern is the largest tern in the world, easily recognized by its brilliant red fish-knife of a bill and deep, raspy call.
Found all over the world, the Caspian Tern favors both freshwater and saltwater environments.
It feeds mostly on fish, captured in nimble aerial dives.
They migrate nocturnally and in autumn their rolling calls are sometimes heard overhead during the night.
IUCN Status: Least Concern
What is Godavari Estuary?
The Godavari estuary is situated at the place where the 1330 km long Godavari meets the Bay of Bengal on the east coast of India in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary situated in Andhra Pradesh is part of Godavari Estuary.
Godavari Sanctuary including the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS), is one of the rarest eco-regions on the earth. It is home to India’s second-largest mangrove cover after the Sundarbans.