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Long-billed Vulture

Long-billed vulture
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Binomial name
Gyps indicus
The Long-billed Vulture, Gyps indicus, 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 South-east 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 Long-billed Vulture is a typical vulture, with a bald head, very broad wings and short tail. It is smaller and less heavily-built than European Griffon. It is distinguished from that species by its less buff body and wing coverts[?] It also lacks the whitish median covert[?] bar shown by Griffon.

This vulture and Indian White-rumped Vulture, G. bengalensis, have suffered a 99% decrease in India due to a viral epidemic.

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