Indian White-backed Vulture

The Indian White-rumped Vulture is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae. It is closely related to the European Griffon Vulture . At one time it was believed to be closer to the White-backed Vulture of Africa and was known as the Oriental White-backed Vulture. The species was present in large numbers, in Southern and Southeastern Asia until the 1990s.

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Original source: Switching Drugs for Livestock May Help Save Critically Endangered Asian Vultures. Gross L, PLoS Biology Vol. 4/3/2006, e61
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The Indian White-backed Vulture is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

* Indian White-backed Vulture media on the Internet Bird Collection v • d • e Old World vultures (subfamily: Aegypiinae) Genus Species Aegypius Cinereous Vulture Gypaetus Bearded Vulture Gypohierax Palm-nut Vulture Gyps Griffon Vulture • Indian White-rumped Vulture • Rüppell's Vulture • Indian Vulture • Slender-billed Vulture • Himalayan Griffon Vulture • White-backed Vulture • Cape More

saw an Indian white-backed vulture in Richmond Park in London (above) and there were reports of another sighting there a week earlier. Royal Parks gardener Steve Read saw it mobbed by hundreds of crows, magpies, parakeets and even a kestrel. It might have been Bones, a young male vulture with a wingspan of over two metres (6.6ft), which escaped in August from Blackbrook Zoological Park, near Leek in Staffordshire, 127 miles (204km) away – although Bones is an African (not an Indian) white-backed vulture. More

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Original source: Petra Karstedt
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Order : Falconiformes
Family : Accipitridae
Genus : Gyps
Species : bengalensis
Authority : (Gmelin, 1788)