Environment and Ecology > Biodiversity > Species in news
Why in news?
- A rare species of duck, Greater Scaup, locally known as Sadangman, was recently sighted in Loktak Lake in Manipur after a gap of over 90 years.
About Greater Scaup:
- The Greater Scaup is a medium-sized diving duck species that belongs to the family of Anatidae.
- They are highly migratory, breeding near arctic regions (Alaska, Siberia, and the northern parts of Europe) in summer and migrating to the warmer south from August onwards.
- The species is distributed in Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada. It is a rare visitor to the Indian Subcontinent.
- They mainly eat molluscs, aquatic plants, and aquatic insects
- The summer habitat is marshy lowland tundra and islands in fresh water lakes
- During the winter months, they are found in coastal bays, estuaries, and sometimes inland lakes.
- Conservation status:
- IUCN Red List: Least concern
With reference to ‘Greater Scaup’, recently seen in news, consider the following statements:
1. They are non-migratory species
2. They are herbivorous
3. Their habitat is restricted to tropical regions
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d) None of the above