This species is rare. It inhabits grasslands of deserts and semi-arid areas, from the sea level up to 250m. It is a locally migratory species, breeds in India (mainly in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra) and winters in some regions of India and Pakistan (BirdLife International 2017).
According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population size estimated at approximately 1,500 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to large-scale agriculture and other human encroachments. Adult survival is also low due to excessive hunting for meat and sport (BirdLife International 2017).
BirdLife International 2017. Sypheotides indicus (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22692024A110438391.
Cite this page along with its URL as: Bhavanarayeni, R. and A. Bayani. 2023. Sypheotides indicus (J.F. Miller, 1782) – Lesser Florican. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. http://www.birdsofindia.org/sp/880/Sypheotides-indicus
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