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White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis ) | by Umang Dutt
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White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis )

A slightly different angle which shows the whole vulture in profile from bang underneath

 

This beautiful bird is a "critically endangered" bird and high on the conservation list. You can catch more pics of this bird on umangdutt.blogspot.com

 

The Indian White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is closely related to the European Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) though less so than it was long believed to the White-backed Vulture. Its alternate name, Oriental White-backed Vulture, is a leftover from that time.

 

It breeds on crags or in trees in northern and central India, Pakistan and southeast Asia, laying one egg. Birds may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident.

 

Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over savannah and around human habitation. It often moves in flocks.

 

The White-rumped Vulture is a typical vulture, with a bald head, very broad wings and short tail. It is much smaller than European Griffon. It has a white neck ruff. The adult’s whitish back, rump and underwing coverts contrast with the otherwise dark plumage. Juveniles are largely dark.

This is the smallest of the Gyps vultures, with 75-85 cm in length, and 4.75 kg in weight.

 

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Taken on January 12, 2008