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White-rumped Vulture

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About the White-rumped Vulture

Also known as: Asian White-backed Vulture, Oriental White-backed Vulture, Indian White-rumped Vulture

The White-rumped Vulture is an Old World species that lives in parts of the Indian Peninsula and across Southeast Asia. The species is also known as the Oriental White-backed Vulture.

White-rumped Vultures have black bodies with white backs and white neck ruff feathers. The naked head is dark grey with pink tinges and a silvery pointed beak.

The White-rumped Vulture is Critically Endangered. The species was considered the most abundant large bird of prey in the world at least into the 1980s. Since then it has suffered a 99% loss in population, due in large part to secondary poisoning via the livestock drug diclofenac. The use of safe alternatives to this drug may help save this species from the brink of extinction.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 27 August 2012
Scientific Name Gyps bengalensis
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gyps
  • G. bengalensis
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 16 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
30 to 37 inches
75.6 to 102 inches
123 to 264 ounces
Range West Asia Central Asia Southeast Asia South Asia


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

International Names

  • 白背兀鹫 (Chinese)
  • sup bengálský (Czech)
  • Bengalgrib (Danish)
  • Bengaalse Gier (Dutch)
  • bengalinkorppikotka (Finnish)
  • Vautour chaugoun (French)
  • Bengalengeier (German)
  • Grifone dorsobianco del Bengala (Italian)
  • ベンガルハゲワシ [bengaruhagewashi] (Japanese)
  • Bengalgribb (Norwegian)
  • sep bengalski (Polish)
  • Бенгальский гриф (Russian)
  • Buitre Dorsiblanco Bengalí (Spanish)
  • Asiatisk vitryggad gam (Swedish)

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