Himalayan Griffon

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Mains GS-III: Environment & Ecology
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About Himalayan Griffon:

  •  It is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae. It is one of the two largest Old World vultures and true raptors.
  • Distribution: This species is found along the Himalayas and the adjoining Tibetan Plateau.
  • Threat: Himalayan vultures are also susceptible to toxicity induced by diclofenac, a drug whose residues are in domestic animal carcasses.
  • But their population have however not shown signs of rapid decline as witnessed in populations of other Gyps vultures across Asia.
  • Conservation status
  • IUCN: Near Threatened

Other Vulture species found in India

  • India is home to 9 species of Vulture namely the Oriental white-backed, Long-billed, Slender-billed, Himalayan, Red-headed, Egyptian, Bearded, Cinereous and Eurasian Griffon.



Q1) What  is a plateau?

A plateau is a flat, elevated landform that rises sharply above the surrounding area on at least one side.

Source: Return of vultures: Once nearly extinct species spotted in Dudhwa & Banbasa, seen nesting in Terai