As the population of the western Tragopan, a brilliantly-coloured Asian pheasant species, hovers on the brink of extinction globally, Himachal Pradesh is engaged in breeding its state bird in captivity.
More than 125,000 birds of 93 species have been spotted in Himachal Pradesh's Pong Dam wetlands. Among them, greater Flamingoes, a common migratory species in India's coastal areas, have been recorded for the first time here, an official said.
'Mountain Cultures: Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity' is the theme of this years International Mountain Day. Covering around 22 percent of the earth’s land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth.