Indian vulture

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First in many years, a vulture was spotted in the skyline of Thane which has not been spotted over two decades in the city.

About Indian vulture

  • The Indian vulture (Gyps indicus) is an Old World vulture native to Asia.
  • They are also known as Indian long-billed vultures due to their comparatively longer beak. 
  • It is a medium-sized and bulky scavengers feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals.
  • Females of this species are smaller than males.
  • Distribution: These are native to India, Pakistan, and Nepal.
  • Habitat: They are usually found in savannas and other open habitats around villages, cities, and near cultivated areas.
  • Threats: The Indian vulture has suffered a 97-99% population decrease due to poisoning caused by the veterinary drug diclofenac. This drug is toxic for vultures; it was given to working animals as it reduced joint pain and so kept them working for longer. 
  • Conservation status
    • IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered

Q1) What is Diclofenac?

It is a medicine that reduces swelling (inflammation) and pain. It's used to treat aches and pains, as well as problems with joints, muscles and bones. These include: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. sprains and strains in muscles and ligaments.

Source: Rare sight of Indian vulture spotted in Thane