Indian Vulture Scientific Name
Indian Vulture Features and Facts
-Indian Vulture has a bald head, broad wings, and short tail feathers
-Breeds mainly on cliffs, but sometimes uses trees
-Starts breeding at the age of five years
-Saw 97%-99% population decline in India and Pakistan
-Comparatively smaller in size than other vulture species and weighs about 5.5-6.3 kilos
-Measures 205-229 centimeters wing-to-wing
Cause of population decline of Indian Vulture
Veterinary drug diclofenac, used to reduce joint pains of cattle is the primary cause of poisoning and the subsequent death of Indian Vultures through kidney failure when they consume the flesh of the dead cattle.
Indian Vulture Conservation
Captive breeding has been started in an effort to protect this species from extinction. As this vulture species is slow in breeding, it might take years for these conservation methods to succeed.