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Aegypius monachus (Linnaeus, 1766) – Cinereous Vulture

Taxonomic Notes:

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


Nesting/juveniles:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Identification:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

This species is uncomon. It inhabits grasslands in moutainous 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 use for livestock), hunting for feathers and inadequate availability of food (BirdLife International 2018).

References:
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.
 

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bhavanarayeni, R., and A. Bayani. 2020. Aegypius monachus (Linnaeus, 1766) – Cinereous Vulture. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.14. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
http://www.birdsofindia.org/sp/1081/Aegypius-monachus
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