Four species of endangered Indian birds were featured in stamps issued on 5th October 2006.
Large scale transformation of landscapes, the leveling of forests, the filling up of swamps and marshes have left many creatures with literally no room to live or breathe in. Pesticides and insecticides have contributed to the decimation of small animals
while also affecting their ability to breed.
The bird featured above is the Manipur Bush-Quail, “Perdicula manipurensis”
It inhabits tall grassland and feeds in groups in the open, on grass seeds, wild lentils, and insects.Once endemic to the wet grasslands of north east India, there has been no confirmed sighting of the bird since 1935.