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2011-05-12 12:14:18

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. But the study warns that the death rate from the drug is still too high, and that the complete removal of the painkiller, diclofenac, is needed to see further recovery of the wild vulture populations. Veterinary use of diclofenac in the treatment of cattle and buffaloes was banned in 2006 by India,...

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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Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Cathartes burrovianus
2013-04-23 15:11:08

The Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus), also known as the Savannah Vulture, is a species of bird belonging to the New World Vulture family Cathartidae. It was considered to be the same species as the Greater Yellow-headed Vulture until they were separated in 1964. It can be found in Mexico, Central America, and South America in seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, heavily degraded former forests and swamps. It’s a large bird, with a wingspan of 59 to 65 inches. The...

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2006-03-01 08:20:00

The Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) is a large Old World vulture and the only member of the genus Gypaetus. It is different from other Old World vultures I that is doesn't have the characteristic bald head. This resident species can be found on high mountains in southern Europe, Africa, India and Tibet. It been successfully re-introduced into the Alps, but is still one of the rarest raptors in Europe. Like other vultures it is an expert scavenger, feeding mostly from...

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2006-03-01 07:54:18

The Eurasian Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) is the only species in the genus Aegypius. It also goes by the names Monk Vulture, Cinereous Vulture, or simply Black Vulture. It is a very large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers. This Old World vulture is not related to the New World vultures which are in a separate family Cathartidae. It is therefore also unrelated to the American Black Vulture despite...

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2005-06-02 11:23:58

Vultures are scavenging birds that feed mostly from carcasses of dead animals. Vultures are found in almost every continent. A particular characteristic of many vultures is their bald head, completely devoid of feathers. This is likely because a feathered head would become spattered with blood and other fluids, and thus be difficult to keep clean. Vultures fall into two groups. The Old World vultures belong to the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, Kites, buzzards and...

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2005-06-02 08:01:57

The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is the most common North American vulture. It is an extremely graceful bird in flight and seldom needs to flap its long wings once airborne. Instead, it soars high overhead looking for carcasses. Despite the similar name and appearance, this species is unrelated to the Old World vultures in the family Accipitridae, which includes eagles, hawks, kites and harriers. The American species is a New World vulture in the family Cathartidae. These large birds...

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