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2007-03-08 00:10:00

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The next time you take a Thai Airways flight to China, a passenger with a wingspan of 9.2 feet and a taste for rotting carcasses may also be on board. The country's national carrier announced Wednesday that it will transport a juvenile cinereous vulture to Beijing on March 21 to help return the rare bird to its natural environment in Mongolia. The vulture - normally not found in Thailand - has been nursed back to health by veterinarians at Kasetsart University in Bangkok,...

2006-01-31 00:50:00

LONDON -- Scientists have offered a ray of hope to Asian vultures being wiped out in India after eating the corpses of cattle treated with a common anti-inflammatory drug. And they called on the Indian government, which has already banned the use of the drug diclofenac, to intensify a captive breeding program for threatened Oriental white-backed, long-billed and slender-billed vultures. Writing on Tuesday in the journal PLoS Biology, the scientists from Britain, India, South Africa and...

2005-11-21 01:40:00

NEW DELHI -- The forestry department in the remote eastern Indian state of Assam is appealing for dead animals -- to feed vultures threatened with extinction, a newspaper reported on Saturday. India has lost more than 95 percent of its vulture population in the last decade to mystery viruses, avian flu and carcasses sprinkled with pesticide. The Hindustan Times newspaper said more than 500 vultures had died in Assam since 2001. It reported the forestry department wanted carcasses from towns...

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2005-11-08 07:10:25

WASHINGTON -- The growing populations of harbor seals and sea lions along the West Coast may be good news for California condors. While condors are now best known for eating dead deer, cattle and other animals, new research shows that carcasses of marine animals once formed a large part of their diet. Some condors are already finding food in sea lion and seal rookeries that have been growing along the coast, reports Stanford University researcher Page Chamberlain. A large part of the...

2005-10-11 18:40:00

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California condors are expected to return soon to the skies over San Diego County, nearly a century after they disappeared. Scientists say condors released in Mexico three years ago have made exploratory flights within 15 miles of the United States, and they believe the birds will cross the border in the next few months. "I thought it would be several years from now," said Mike Wallace, a team leader with the California Condor Recovery Program. The condor is North...

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2005-06-13 06:35:49

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- The South Rim of the Grand Canyon has long been a favorite of human visitors gawking at the stunning views and taking advantage of the manmade services. As it turns out, the South Rim also is a favorite of endangered California condors - for many of the same reasons. The large birds often gather to watch people, socialize with one another and drink from a leaky water pipe. On some days, as many as 25 to 30 condors soar over the canyon area - more...

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2005-01-28 07:40:00

SIERRA PAILEMAN, Argentina (AP) -- Timidly taking its first steps in the wild, the young condor perches on a rocky plateau as a hot breeze swirls upward from the barren Patagonian landscape. Raised in captivity, the 1-year-old gathers the courage to attempt its first flight, unfurling its 10-foot wings and flapping skyward - before landing awkwardly on rocks a short distance away. Condors, the world's largest flying birds, once soared by the thousands along jagged mountain ridges across...


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Greater Yellow-Headed Vulture, Cathartes melambrotus
2013-01-02 11:44:29

The Greater Yellow-Headed Vulture (cathartes melambrotus) is also known as the Forest Vulture, it is a species of bird in the New World Vulture family Cathartidae. It was considered to be the same species as the Lesser Yellow-Headed Vulture until they were split in 1964. It is found in South America in tropical moist lowland forest. It is a fairly large bird, with a wingspan of 65 to 70 inches, a weight of 3.6 pounds and a body length of 25 to 30 inches. The body plumage is black, and the...

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2006-03-01 10:50:03

The Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) also known as the King Vulture or the Pondicherry Vulture, is a species of Old World vulture found in South Asia.

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2006-03-01 10:48:43

The Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is a small Old World vulture and the only member of the genus Neophron. Egyptian Vultures are scavengers, feeding off carrion for the most part. However, they will occasionally prey on small mammals and eggs when the opportunity presents itself. Adult birds measure 85 cm from the point of the beak to the extremity of the tail and 1.7m between the tips of the wings. Weight reaches about 2.1 kilograms. The adult's plumage is black and white....

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2006-03-01 08:50:23

The Palm-nut Vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) is a very large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is the only member of the genus Gypohierax. This Old World vulture is not related to the New World vultures which are in a separate family, Cathartidae. It breeds in forest and savannah throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and generally prefers to be near water. Its range coincides with that of the Oil Palm. This species is quite approachable, like many African vultures, and can be seen near...

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2005-06-14 08:40:46

Condor is the name for two species of bird in one of the vulture family. They are the largest flying land birds in the Western Hemisphere. The South American Condor (Vultur gryphus) inhabits the Andes Mountains. The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) inhabits the western coast of the United States. Although they are primarily scavengers, feeding on carrion, these species belong to the New World vulture family Cathartidae, related to storks and not closely related to Old World...

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