WE WERE DISTURBED to learn that no Siberian Cranes Grus leucogeranus appeared at Bharatpur (Uttar Pradesh) in winter 1993/94. The famous Indian wildlife sanctuary has, it seems, lost one of its most famous birds, after a steady period of decline dating back beyond the 1960s. There seems little doubt that hunting pressures on the birds' migration route southward from central Siberia have been a major

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