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.
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.