The number of francolins and quails have fallen drastically after thickets in which they reside were destroyed in the Malwa region. The human population has expanded into the birds' environs according to the study, Ujjain District Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) P C Dubey said.
He said that his department's priority now, is to keep the birds' habitat intact for which their environs are being identified. Dubey said that forest ground duty officials would be deputed to these habitats to shoo away cats and other animals which damage eggs and chicks of these birds.He said that village folk would be roped in to help conserve these birds.
Ornithologist Ajay Gadikar, who was associated with the study, said that the numbers of grey francolins, painted francolins, rain quails, jungle bush quails, rock bush quails, barred button quails and small quails have dipped in the Malwa region, adding that poaching too is a factors for their decline.