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State Animal

Black Buck (Antilope cervicapra)

The blackbuck (Krishna Jinka) is a diurnal antelope and inhabits grassy plains and slightly forested areas. Due to their regular need of water, they prefer areas where water is perennially available. The vernacular name "blackbuck" is a reference to the dark brown to black colour of the dorsal (upper) part of the coat of the males. The long, ringed horns that resemble corkscrews, are generally present only on males, though females may develop horns, as well. The horns diverge forming a "V"-like shape.

In India, hunting of blackbuck is prohibited under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972

State Bird

Rose ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri)

The rose-ringed parakeet (Rama Chiluka) also known as the ring-necked parakeet, is a medium-sized parrot and it is sexually dimorphic. The adult male sports a red and black neck ring, and the hen and immature birds of both sexes either show no neck rings, or display shadow-like pale to dark grey neck rings. Rose-ringed parakeets measure on average 40 cm (16 in) in length, including the tail feathers, a large portion of their total length.

This usually feed on buds, fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, and seeds. Rose-ringed parakeets are popular as pets and both males and females have the ability to mimic human speech.

State Tree

Neem (Azadirachta indica)

Neem (Vepa Chettu) is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is typically grown in tropical and subtropical regions.

Description of the plant: Neem is an evergreen tree but in severe drought it may shed its leaves. The branches are wide and spreading. The fairly dense crown is roundish and may reach a diameter of 20–25 metres

Uses: Used to treat eye disorders, intestinal worms, diabetes, skin diseases like acne & psoriasis and also used in shampoos & Tooth pastes.

State Flower

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

Jasmine (Malle Puvvu) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family (Oleaceae). Jasmines are widely cultivated for the characteristic fragrance of their flowers. Jasmine can be either deciduous or evergreen and can be erect, spreading, or climbing shrubs and vines. The flowers are typically around 2.5 cm in diameter. They are white or yellow in colour, although in rare instances they can be slightly reddish. The flowers are borne in cymose clusters with a minimum of three flowers, though they can also be solitary on the ends of branchlets.

Jasmine is widely cultivated for its flowers, and the flowers are worn by women in their hair in South and South East Asia. They are grown in the gardens and also as a house plant.

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