White-rumped Vulture

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 27 August 2012
Scientific Name
Gyps bengalensis
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gyps
  • G. bengalensis
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Conservation Status
Critically Endangered (as of 21 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
30 to 37 inches
75.6 to 102 inches
123 to 264 ounces



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

Chinese (汉语) 白背兀鹫
Czech (Cesky) sup bengálský
Danish (Dansk) Bengalgrib
Dutch (Nederlands) Bengaalse Gier
Finnish (Suomi) bengalinkorppikotka
French (Français) Vautour chaugoun
German (Deutsch) Bengalengeier
Italian (Italiano) Grifone dorsobianco del Bengala
Japanese (日本語) ベンガルハゲワシ [bengaruhagewashi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Bengalgribb
Polish (Polski) sep bengalski
Russian (русский язык) Бенгальский гриф
Spanish (Español) Buitre Dorsiblanco Bengalí
Swedish (Svenska) Asiatisk vitryggad gam
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