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Indian White-rumped Vulture

Indian white-rumped vulture
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Gyps bengalensis
The Indian White-rumped Vulture, Gyps bengalensis, is an Old World vulture in the order Accipitriformes, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is closely related to the European Griffon Vulture, G. fulvus.

It breeds on crags or in trees in mountains in India 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 vulture and Long-billed Vulture, Gyps indicus, have suffered 99% decrease in India due to a viral epidemic.

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