A rare species of duck, Greater Scaup, was recently sighted in Loktak lake in Manipur’s Bishnupur district after a gap of over 90 years.
About the ‘Greater Scaup’ –
- The Greater scaup is locally known as Sadangman.
- It is a medium-sized diving duck species that belongs to the family of Anatidae.
- The greater scaup species is distributed in Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada. It is a rare visitor to the Indian Subcontinent.
- The breeding scaup inhabits shallow, freshwater lakes, pools and rivers with grassy shorelines.
- The greater scaup species are highly migratory, breeding near arctic regions and migrating to the warmer south from August onwards.
- Conservation status — IUCN Red List: Least concern
About the Loktak Lake –
- Loktak Lake is a freshwater lake in the Manipur state.
- It is famous for unique floating islands called Phumdis with multiple plant species.
- The Keibul Lamjao National Park located on the Loktak Lake is the last natural habitat of the “Sangai” the dancing deer of Manipur.
- The lake is designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.