Class 6 English lesson 1.3 Autobiography of the great Indian Bustard – answers

Std 6 English Lesson 1.3 Autobiography of a Great Indian Bustard – Solution

Balbharathi English Lesson 1.3 Autobiography of the Great Indian Bustard


slimmer: slender; thin

impressive: admirable

gulping: to swallow; to take in

pouch : here, it means a pocket like space.

resonating : producing a loud, clear and deep sound

hatch: to come out of an egg

predators : animals that hunt, kill and eat other animals

swarming: to hover or fly about

sanctuaries: a  part of the forest or natural habitat that is protected.


1. Read the passage aloud.

2. You are going to meet a Great Indian Bustard very soon.

Prepare at least 10 questions to interview him.


Congratulations, Mr. GIB for being given the status of the state bird of Rajasthan.

1) How many different names are you known in India?

2) Where is your habitat located?

3) Who all are your friends and who are your enemies?

4) What does your diet consists of?

5) You do not build nest, what is the reason for that?

6) What is the population of GIB at present?

7) Why do humans hunt you?

8) Which is the special trick you use to protect your eggs?

9) For how long does your chick stay with its mother?

10) What message would you like to give to the people of the world?

3. Play the roles of an interviewer and a Great Indian Bustard and present the interview in the classroom.

4. Write a letter to your friend about the Great Indian Bustard. You may use the following points:

Why we need to protect the bird.

What you plan to do to help the bird.


7G Rainbow Villa,

Gandhi Nagar,

Mumbai 430980.

21st July, 2021.

Dear Anita,

I am writing you this letter today to inform you about an endangered bird we learned in school today called the `Great Indian Bustard`. I was surprised to discover about them just recently as they are a very fascinating species. My teacher briefed us with many intriguing facts about the Great Indian Bustard such as how it is the heaviest flying bird in India.Also they do not believe in building nests but instead the female GIB lays and protects the eggs directly on the ground and stay together for nearly a year. Did you know that they were almost chosen as the national bird of Maharashtra? But that honour went to Rajasthan. 

Unfortunately with our growing population and need for more space, we have unintentionally stolen their homes which has caused the number of the Great Indian Bustards to deplete drastically leaving only 200 in the world. I would like to bring more awareness to this problem by creating posters about the GIBs and placing it all over school. I was also thinking on how we could start a campaign and raise funds for this cause.

I will be eagerly waiting for your letter with your suggestions. Maybe we could visit the GIB sanctuaries and go over ideas together? Give my love to your parents and sister. 

Yours sincerely,


5. Form pairs and decide whether the following statements are those of a Great Indian Bustard or not

Statements Great Indian Bustard Some Other Bird
(a) I am the heaviest flying bird in India. Yes  
(b) I am known as Maldhok or Hoom in Marathi. Yes  
(c) I live in mountainous regions. No  
(d) I don’t like grasshoppers or beetles. No  
(e) We don’t believe in building nests. Yes  
(f) Our chick stays with the mother for a period of nearly one year. Yes  
(g) I am the State bird of Maharashtra No  
(h) We have been pushed away from more than 90 percent of our home regions. Yes  

6. With the help of the internet and other sources, obtain more information about the critically endangered birds and animals in India. Find the names of their sanctuaries.

Some critically endangered birds and animals in India: ‘CR’ or critically endangered birds or animals are those that are likely to become extinct in the wild. We may never see them again. Forest Owlet                     Indian Vulture                         Siberian Crane Deolali Minnow (fish)            Asiatic Cheetah        Himalayan Wolf Amboli Toad


  1. Forest Owlet                                                                                           sanctuary: Purna Wildlife Sanctuary
  2. Indian Vulture                                                                                        sanctuary: Ramadevara Betta
  3. Siberian Crane                                                                                                     sanctuary: Keoladeo National Park
  4. Deolali Minnow (fish)                                                                                          sanctuary: Nandur Madhameshwar
  5. Asiatic Cheetah                                                                                          sanctuary: Kavir National Park
  6. Himalayan Wolf                                                                                           sanctuary: Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary 
  7. Amboli Toad                                                                                                   sanctuary: Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary

7. Prepare a poster on the need for the conservation of the Great Indian Bustard.

8. Write a short autobiography of any bird or animal of your choice.

Autobiography of a Parrot

Hi, my name is Mittu and I am a parrot. Thanks for stopping by and patiently talking to me. How wonderful that you want to know the story of my life! Today I am old and can hardly flap my wings but once I was young and active. Here’s my story.

 I was born in the jungles of Tadoba in Maharashtra along with my two brothers and a sister. We were born in a cozy nest on a large mango tree. My mother and father used to feed us delicious worms and insects everyday. I still remember the day I learned to fly. I was so terrified that I refused to leave the nest but watching my siblings fly around encouraged me to be brave. I struggled a lot but with practice and the help of my family I was flying in the blue sky in no time. 

Soon my brother, sister and I left our beloved mango tree in order to pursue our own lives. I travelled the world and witnessed the beauty of mother nature. I also made a variety of interesting friends. But life was not always enjoyable. There were many days when I had no food and shelter, especially during the harsh winters.

However, as I got older I longed to go back to my childhood home in Tadoba. So I moved back home where I met my wife, a beautiful parrot. Together we had six children and lived a long and fulfilling life. Now, after our children left to live their own lives, the two of us found a mango tree where we intend to stay for the rest of our lives among the smell of delicious mangoes.

9. Make a list of the channels available on your TV under the following categories : News, entertainment, sports, movies, music, etc. Which are the channels on which you can watch programmes on animals, wild life, conservation of environment, etc.?

10. Ask your parents to show you TV programmes on animals, wild life and conservation on channels like the following : DD National, National Geographic, Discovery and Animal Planet.

11. You have won a prize to visit a wild life sanctuary or National Park in Africa or Australia. Choose a location, read about it. Imagine that you are visiting it and write a letter to your friend about it.

Dear Anita,

I was glad to receive your letter asking me about my journey to Australia. Well I am writing you this letter to tell you all about my trip!

As you know, a few classmates and I won a prize to visit a wildlife sanctuary in Australia. We visited the “Moonlit Sanctuary” which was situated in Melbourne. When we entered the zoo we were greeted by the keeper of the zoo, who gave us a tour and told us interesting facts about the animals we saw. We first paid a visit to numerous Australian animals such as kangaroos, dingos, emus, and giraffes as tall as buildings. My friend was able to get a picture with a beautiful snowy owl. Next, we spent time with the national animal of Australia, the koala, and I held one and fed eucalyptus leaves to her. We also trekked to the reptile house where we saw exotic types of snakes and large lizards. I got to witness one of the snakes shedding its skin! At the end of our tour, I was sad to say goodbye to the keeper and all the wonderful animals

I am joyful to have been able to have this experience. We should visit Australia together one day! Give my love and regards to your family.

Yours faithfully,


12. Language Study : Identify the following from the list given in the box below :

4 nouns, 4 verbs, 4 adjectives, 4 adverbs, 4 pronouns.

bird   wonderful     friends        gather         humans         we      I healthy        grasslands             helps    directly    protect        arrive together      away       happy       slowly           afraid          you     us
Nouns Verbs Adjectives Adverbs Pronouns
bird gather wonderful directly we
friends helps healthy afraid I
humans protect together slowly you
grasslands arrive happy away us