Fabulous article by Wildlife. This is a particularly disturbing fact knowing that 1/8th of all bird species are at risk of extinction.
Well over 100,000 migratory birds are killed for food or to be sold on the black market each year in far northeastern India, according to Conservation India. During the peak of migration, 12,000 to 14,000 birds are captured each day on their passage over Nagaland, a remote, mountainous state that borders Burma.
One of the more disturbing examples of the poaching is the capture of raptors, using nets set up near lakes and reservoirs to trap the birds when they come to roost at night or as they leave in the morning.
Conservation India urges Nagaland officials to enforce laws protecting the birds, and to work with local populations to prevent the killings.