Gyps indicus (Scopoli, 1786) - Indian Vulture

Subspecies in India

This is also known as the Long-billed Vulture.

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

 

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This rare, native and non-migratory species is also known as the Long-billed Vulture. It inhabits grasslands, shrublands and other cultivated regions of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal, from the sea level up to 2,000m. It breeds mainly on cliffs and forages on carrions (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 estimated at approx. 30,000 individuals. The primary threat to this species is due to the high exposure of the toxic NSAID diclofenac (used for treating domestic livestock) towards them and also a veterinary treating drug called ketoprofen was another threat leading to mortality (BirdLife International 2008).
 
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Maharashtra1
Manipur
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BirdLife International 2017. Gyps indicus . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22729731A117875047. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22729731A117875047.en. Accessed on 30 January 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Gyps indicus (Scopoli, 1786) – Indian 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-indicus, accessed 2024/07/15.