Gyps tenuirostris G.R. Gray, 1844 - Slender-billed Vulture

Subspecies in India

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

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This non-migrant scavenging species is very rare. It inhabits dry grasslands and forests of India (mostly in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, and Assam), Nepal, Cambodia, and Laos, from the sea level up to 2,000m. It is now extinct in Malaysia, Thailand and possibly extinct in Vietnam (BirdLife International 2017).

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Critically Endangered 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 size ranging between 1,000 and 2,499 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from the high exposure of the toxic NSAIDs which is being found on carcasses and these species feed on them. Other threats come from their predators such as feral dogs (BirdLife International 2001).


 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam2
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh1
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total21
BirdLife International 2017. Gyps tenuirostris (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22729460A117367614. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22729460A117367614.en. Accessed on 30 January 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Gyps tenuirostris G.R. Gray, 1844 – Slender-billed 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/gyps-tenuirostris, accessed 2024/06/25.