French: Vautour chaugoun German: Bengalengeier Spanish: Buitre dorsiblanco bengalí
Other common names:
Indian White-backed Vulture
J. F. Gmelin
SE Iran, Afghanistan (perhaps irregularly) and Pakistan E through India and Nepal to Myanmar, S China (Yunnan), Indochina and formerly Malay Peninsula.
76–93 cm; 3500–6000 g; wingspan 205–220 cm. Blackish, medium-sized vulture with white lower back; underwing-coverts conspicuously all white; bill and cere... read more
Emits grunts, croaks, squeals and hissing sounds at carcasses and at nest and roost. Strident... read more
Inhabits open country near villages, towns and cities, as well as parks and sanctuaries, mainly in... read more
Food and feeding
Exclusively carrion, especially remains of cattle. Regularly feeds in company of other vultures, especially G. indicus, and also... read more
Season Oct–Mar. Solitary and colonial; sometimes forms small colony in grove of trees. Large stick nest built by pair 5–30 m up... read more
Movements poorly known, although satellite-tagged birds found to forage over vast range. Seems to... read more
Status and conservation
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. CITES II. Population has suffered exceedingly rapid decline, primarily as result of feeding on carcasses of animals treated with veterinary drug... read more
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