Name - Indian Vulture
Scientific Name : Gyps indicus
Type : Bird
Age : 40 to 45 years
Diet : Carnivore
Height : 81–103 cm
Weight : 5.5–6.3 kg
Wingspan : 1.96–2.38 m
Top Speed : 30 mph
Colour : Brown, Grey, Black, White, Tan
Skin Type : Feathers
Lifespan : 40 to 45 years
Current Population : Nearly 30000
Current Population Trend : Decreasing
Native : India(central India and Rajasthan mainly)
Main Pray : Rats, Small and large animal carcasses
Habitat : Deserts and grassland near water.
Predators : Hawks, Snakes, Wild cats
Average Clutch Size : 1
Lifestyle : Solitary
Favourite Food : Bone marrow
- A light brown, medium-sized vulture. It has whitish feathers on a dark head and neck, a pale bill, and a pale collar which is more prominent behind the neck. The juvenile has a dark bill, more white feathering on the head and neck, and browner plumage overall, with pale streaks on breast and belly.
- The species nests in colonies on cliffs and ruins, and occasionally in trees. Similar to Slender-billed Vulture, but Indian Vultures are not as lanky and have a paler bill and very tiny ear holes.
- Vultures are large, magnificent raptors, often referred to as nature’s own disposal system because of their scavenging habits.
- Nine species of vultures are found in India. The species worst hit were White-rumped, Indian, and Slender-billed Vultures.
- Others were affected too, but not as badly, due to a number of factors, including their migratory nature (such as Cinereous Vulture and Eurasian Griffon) or their habitats being more remote and forested (such as Himalayan Griffon).
- Captive-breeding programmes for several species of Indian vulture have been started. The vultures are long lived and slow in breeding, so the programmes are expected to take decades.