Red-crowned crane needs urgent conservation

Ma Pe Nyein, Aung Kyaw Myo
Red-crowned crane found in the Ayeyarwady delta. (Photo-WCS)

The red-crowned crane in the Ayeyarwady delta are threaten with extinction due to the disappearance of habitat, hunting and the destruction of their nests, said Thet Zaw Naing of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

“There are three crane species in Myanmar. Among them, the red-crowned crane is on the edge of extinction. There are around 500 red-crowned cranes left in Myanmar. It is estimated that the delta has around 200 to 400 cranes with numbers far higher 25 years ago. Thailand imported cranes from Cambodia in the recent years as it went extinct,” Thet Zaw Naing added.

"The crane now faces global extinction if there is no conservation in time. They usually make their nests in paddy fields but some farmers destroy their nests. We educate farmers not to destroy nests and will compensate them for damaged paddy plants," he added.

The bird is found in India, elsewhere in Asean, Australia and the delta, especially Yaykyi, Hinthada, Wakema, Kyaiklat, Mawlamyinegyun, Maubin, Myaungmya and Einme townships.

Kyaw Sywar Aung from Hinthada Township said: “I have not seen it here for around 30 years. In the past, they were found in the lakes. Now I hardly see them.”

The red-crowned crane is listed as an endangered species under the 1994 Protection of Wildlife and Wild Plants and Conservation of Natural Areas Law.