The Hindu Editorial (Birds hit) – Feb 19, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Birds hit) – Feb 19, 2020

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  1. bird diversity (noun) – avian (bird community) diversity; it is defined as the number of species (richness) and the number of birds (abundance) for each census event plotted against time.
  2. ecological (adjective) – relating to the branch of biology which studies the interactions among organisms and their environment.
  3. habitat (noun) – preferred surroundings; natural environment.
  4. thriving (adjective) – growing, developing, progressing.
  5. endemic (adjective) – native, local, domestic (animal/plant).
  6. decimate (verb) – destroy/kill, remove, eliminate.
  7. point out (phrasal verb) – identify, recognize, draw attention to, mention.
  8. influential (adjective) – powerful, authoritative, strong.
  9. ornithology (noun) – a branch of zoology dealing with the study of birds.
  10. synthesis (noun) – combination, union, amalgam, mixture.
  11. alarming (adjective) – worrying, disturbing, shocking/distressing.
  12. species (noun) – a group/breed/family of living organisms (animals & plants) with the individual having the same quality & can breed.
  13. inadequacy (noun) – insufficiency, deficiency, shortage.
  14. peril (noun) – danger, jeopardy, risk/difficulty.
  15. remarkably (adverb) – strikingly, exceptionally, incredibly.
  16. robust (adjective) – strong, powerful, well-made, long-lasting/durable.
  17. heartening (adjective) – encouraging, promising, hopeful.
  18. sparrows (noun) – the small, seed-eating birds that have brown, grey, white and black colored plumage (a bird’s feathers collectively). They often make their nests on buildings, roofs, and houses.
  19. bleak (adjective) – unpromising, unfavourable, dismal, disheartening.
  20. prospects (noun) – chances, potential, future.
  21. abundance index (noun) – a relative measure of the size of a population; the relative representation of a species in a particular ecosystem.
  22. fortunes (noun) – circumstances, conditions, situations; fate/destiny.
  23. winter away (verb) – (of birds) migrate to a warmer country during winter.
  24. conservation (noun) – preservation, protection.
  25. convention (noun) – agreement, accord, protocol.
  26. resolute (adjective) – determined, firm, resolved.
  27. confer (verb) – grant, bestow, present/give.
  28. myriad (adjective) – a great number, countless, infinite, various.
  29. tap into (verb) – exploit, make use of, draw on.
  30. revive (verb) – bring back, reintroduce, restore.
  31. Great Indian Bustard (noun) – large bird of the bustard (a large, heavily built, swift-running bird) family; one of the heaviest flying birds in the world. The great Indian bustard inhabits dry grasslands and scrublands on the Indian subcontinent.
  32. precariously (adverb) – insecurely, unsafely, dangerously, uncertainly.
  33. courser (noun) – birds with long legs, which are used to run (giving the group its name).
  34. (Bengal) Florican (noun) – it is also called Bengal bustard. It is a large grassland bird.
  35. Green Munia (noun) – green avadavat or green munia is a family of small birds with green and yellow on the body, a bright red bill (the beak of a bird), and black “zebra stripes” on the wings.
  36. trap (verb) – get stuck, catch, get caught (in a trap).


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