French: Vautour royal German: Kahlkopfgeier Spanish: Buitre cabecirrojo
Mainly Indian Subcontinent (formerly from Pakistan) E to Myanmar and S China (SW Yunnan), and Indochina (S Laos and Cambodia). Widespread in recent past; now extinct or very rare in much of its historical range.
76–86 cm; 3600–5400 g; wingspan 199–229 cm. Medium-sized, jet-black vulture with relatively small head and relatively slim, moderately fingered wings; pale... read more
Mostly silent. Gives hoarse croak, becoming a scream in disputes at carcasses, and a raucous... read more
Wide variety of habitats, including open countryside, semi-desert, cultivated areas, savanna and... read more
Food and feeding
Usually feeds on carrion, including small corpses; also pirates food from other vultures, especially Neophron percnopterus, and... read more
Season mainly Dec–Sept, most laying in Feb–Mar. Territorial, pair excluding conspecifics, but sometimes nests in close... read more
Mostly sedentary, but thought to perform seasonal altitudinal movements in some regions, e.g. Nepal. read more
Status and conservation
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. CITES II. Rather small population has suffered extremely rapid reduction in recent past, this likely to continue. BirdLife International puts... read more
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