Aegypius monachus (Linnaeus, 1766) - Cinereous Vulture

Subspecies in India

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)

 

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This species is uncommon. It inhabits grasslands in mountainous terrains in semi-arid areas. It is migratory, breeding in Spain, Bulgaria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and India (mainly northern regions), and wintering in Nepal, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Korea, and India (in Gujarat and Rajasthan). It mostly forages on carrions, snakes, and insects (BirdLife International 2018).

Conservation Status:
 
This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)


According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population estimate of 15,600-21,000 individuals. The threats to its persistence come from habitat disturbance, ingestion of Diclofenac (an NSAID used for livestock), hunting for feathers, and inadequate availability of food (BirdLife International 2018).
 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam1
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat1
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh1
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan31
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand1
West Bengal
Total3212
BirdLife International 2018. Aegypius monachus . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22695231A131935194.
https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22695231A131935194.en. Accessed on 15 February 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Aegypius monachus (Linnaeus, 1766) – Cinereous Vulture. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/aegypius-monachus, accessed 2024/06/25.