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About the Indian Vulture

Also known as: Long-billed Vulture

The Indian Vulture is a large species of Old World vulture. They live in southeastern Pakistan and across much of the eastern half of India.

Indian Vultures are closely related to Griffon Vultures. They have dark heads with pale yellow bills and brown-to-buff body plumage.

The Indian Vulture is Critically Endangered, with a rapidly decreasing population. The use of the livestock drug diclofenac has proven to be a major threat to Indian Vultures. Alternative livestock medication may also be fatal when consumed by vultures. Conservationists are working on awareness programs and spreading more widespread use of a safe diclofenac alternative to try to reverse the demise of the Indian Vulture.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 21 August 2012
Scientific Name Gyps indicus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gyps
  • G. indicus
Birdorable Family Vultures & Condors
Conservation Status Critically Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 March 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
31 to 41 inches
76.8 to 93.6 inches
194 to 222 ounces
Range South Asia

Conservation

From IUCN Red List:
The Indian Vulture is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species is classified as Critically Endangered because it has suffered an extremely rapid population decline as a result of mortality from feeding on carcasses of animals treated with the veterinary drug diclofenac.

International Names

  • 印度兀鹜 (Chinese)
  • sup indický (Czech)
  • Indisk Grib (Danish)
  • Indische Gier (Dutch)
  • intiankorppikotka (Finnish)
  • Vautour indien (French)
  • Dünnschnabelgeier (German)
  • Grifone indiano (Italian)
  • インドハゲワシ [indoshiroerihagewashi] (Japanese)
  • Indiagribb (Norwegian)
  • sep indyjski (Polish)
  • Индийский гриф (Russian)
  • Buitre Picofino (Spanish)
  • Indisk gam (Swedish)

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