Egyptian Vulture

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Recently, an Egyptian Vulture was rescued from Indapur which had suffered injuries and dehydration and was admitted to the RESQ Wildlife Transit Treatment Centre (TTC) at Bavdha.

About Egyptian Vulture:

  • The Egyptian Vulture (Neophorn Percnopterus) is a native bird of Europe, Central Asia and Africa, and in winter, it travels towards Asian countries, including India.
  • The residential sub-species of Egyptian vulture is Neophron Percnopterus Ginginianus, which resides in India throughout the year.
  • It inhabits open, arid areas near humans, with plenty of food options. 
  • These are monogamous, migrating between breeding seasons as a pair. They build a large nest and will constantly replenish it during the breeding season.
  • Threats : One of the primary threats facing this species is illegal poisoning aimed at carnivores.
  • Conservation status
  • IUCN: Endangered

Vulture species in India:

  • 9 species ofvultures are found in India.
  • Of these nine species, 4 are listed as Critically Endangered species of Vultures and one as endangered species in IUCN red list of endangered species.
  • Species of Vultures found in India and their IUCN Conservation Status:
  • Indian Vulture or Long-billed vulture (Gyps indicus)-Critically Endangered
  • Indian White-backed Vulture (Gyps bengalensis)-Critically Endangered
  • Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogypscalvus)- Critically Endangered
  • Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris)- Critically Endangered
  • Egyptian Vulture (Neophronpercnopterus)- Endangered
  • Cincerous Vulture (Aegypiusmonachus)- Near Threatened
  • Bearded Vulture (Gypaetusbarbatus)-Near Threatened
  • Himalayan Vulture (Gyps himalayansis)-Near Threatened
  • Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)- Least Concern

Q1:What is the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)?

It is an international organization dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, including biodiversity and ecosystems. It is the world's largest and most comprehensive global environmental organization, and it provides valuable guidance, research, and assessments related to the conservation of species and the environment.

Source: Endangered Egyptian Vulture rescued