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Red-headed Vulture – Juvenile

Aug 06 2012

Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) Also known as the Asian King Vulture, this magnificent vulture was a very common sight in India a couple of decades ago. As with many other vulture species, their numbers have fallen (dramatically is an understatement) due to excessive use of the veterinary drug Diclofenac, which is highly poisonous for the birds. Juveniles, like this one, are invaluable for the survival of this species. This one would take around 3 to 4 years to assume adult plumage (pink head and dark wings). This bird was photographed in Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary on November 21, 2010.

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Red-headed Vulture – Juvenile

Aug 06 2012

Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) Also known as the Asian King Vulture, this magnificent vulture was a very common sight in India a couple of decades ago. As with many other vulture species, their numbers have fallen (dramatically is an understatement) due to excessive use of the veterinary drug Diclofenac, which is highly poisonous for the birds. Juveniles, like this one, are invaluable for the survival of this species. This one would take around 3 to 4 years to assume adult plumage (pink head and dark wings). This bird was photographed in Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary on November 21, 2010.

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Egyptian Vulture

Jun 26 2012

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) This is an Endangered bird that is widespread (but is no longer very common) across India. They are much smaller than other vultures in our region and their striking white plumage makes them easy to identify. They also differ from other vultures by feeding not only on carrion, but also hunting on small mammals, birds and reptiles. They have been known to use tools like pebbles to break eggs and twigs to roll up wool to line their nest. The widespread use of Diclofenac as a veterniary drug is believed to have caused their decline in India, […]

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Egyptian Vulture

Jun 26 2012

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) This is an Endangered bird that is widespread (but is no longer very common) across India. They are much smaller than other vultures in our region and their striking white plumage makes them easy to identify. They also differ from other vultures by feeding not only on carrion, but also hunting on small mammals, birds and reptiles. They have been known to use tools like pebbles to break eggs and twigs to roll up wool to line their nest. The widespread use of Diclofenac as a veterniary drug is believed to have caused their decline in India, […]

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Egyptian Vulture

Jun 26 2012

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) This is an Endangered bird that is widespread (but is no longer very common) across India. They are much smaller than other vultures in our region and their striking white plumage makes them easy to identify. They also differ from other vultures by feeding not only on carrion, but also hunting on small mammals, birds and reptiles. They have been known to use tools like pebbles to break eggs and twigs to roll up wool to line their nest. The widespread use of Diclofenac as a veterniary drug is believed to have caused their decline in India, […]

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Egyptian Vulture

Jun 26 2012

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) This is an Endangered bird that is widespread (but is no longer very common) across India. They are much smaller than other vultures in our region and their striking white plumage makes them easy to identify. They also differ from other vultures by feeding not only on carrion, but also hunting on small mammals, birds and reptiles. They have been known to use tools like pebbles to break eggs and twigs to roll up wool to line their nest. The widespread use of Diclofenac as a veterniary drug is believed to have caused their decline in India, […]

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