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Vultures in South Asia were on the brink of extinction until Lindsay Oaks and Richard Watson, from The Peregrine Fund in the US, undertook observational and forensic studies to find out why the number of birds was falling so rapidly.
The banning of a painkiller that causes visceral gout, a fatal kidney ailment in vultures, has shown first signs of progress in the populations of South Asian vultures, according to scientists.
A Wildlife Conservation Society-led census boasts record numbers for vultures.
A second veterinary pain drug used to treat cattle could be deadly to endangered vultures that feed on the carcasses of livestock.
After being rescued, the last of eight griffon vultures was fitted with a satellite transmitter before being sent off into the wild last month from the northern Croatian island of Cres.
Researchers from the University of Segovia and the University of LeÃ³n have shown for the first time the close space-time relationship between the presence of the griffon vulture and transhumant sheep farming in mountain passes.
Captive breeding colonies of a critically endangered vulture, whose numbers in the wild have dwindled from tens of millions to a few thousand, are too small to protect the species from extinction, a University of Michigan analysis shows.
A shadow has fallen over endangered giant vultures whose captive populations are too small to save the species.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has banned the production and sale of an anti-inflammatory drug used in cattle that is poisoning the country's vultures one step up the food chain.
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.
The Lappet-faced Vulture or Nubian Vulture (Torgos tracheliotus) is an African Old World vulture belonging to the bird order Accipitriformes. It is the only member of the genus Torgos. A distinct subspecies, T. t. negevensis, occurs in the Sinia, the Negev desert and possibly in north-west Saudi Arabia. It is about 1.15 meters long, with a wingspan of 3 meters. The average weight is 14 kilograms. This expert scavenger feeds mainly from the carcasses of dead animals which it finds by...
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.
The Cape Griffon or Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae. It is common to southern Africa, and is found mainly in South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana. They nest on cliffs and typically lay one egg per year. The species is listed as "Vulnerable", and the IUCN Conservation Status is (VU A1ade+2de, C1+2b). The major problems it faces are poisoning, disturbance at breeding colonies and electrocution. The current population is estimated at 8,000.
The Indian White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae. It is closely related to the European Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus). It breeds on crags or in trees in mountains throughout India and southeast Asia, laying one egg. Birds sometimes form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident. This scavenger feeds mainly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over savannah and around human habitation. It often moves in...
The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae and is resident in mountains throughout southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia. Griffon Vultures have been re-introduced successfully into the Massif Central in France. Griffons may form loose colonies, and will often move in flocks. Like other vultures it is an expert scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas. The Griffon is 95-110 cm long with...
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.