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2010-09-05 11:50:00

Wildlife Conservation Society-led census boasts record numbers for vulturesWhile vultures across Asia teeter on the brink of extinction, the vultures of Cambodia are increasing in number, providing a beacon of hope for these threatened scavengers, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other members of the Cambodia Vulture Conservation Project.Researchers report that record numbers of vultures have been counted in Cambodia's annual vulture census, with 296 birds of three...

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2009-12-10 07:38:06

A second veterinary pain drug used to treat cattle could be deadly to endangered vultures that feed on the carcasses of livestock, according to a study released Wednesday. The death toll of the slender-billed and oriental white-backed vultures has reached the millions in South Asia, mostly in India, after consuming the carcasses of sick cattle that had been treated with anti-inflammatory painkiller diclofenac, reported the Associated Press. Researchers writing in the Royal Society journal...

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2009-11-12 06:00:00

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. Though the vulture seemed hesitant to leave its place of safety for a long migration, its instincts finally kicked in and it took off in search of food, reported AFP. Many European countries have seen an extinction of griffon vultures, which are now endangered in Croatia. In an attempt to stave off extinction,...

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2009-09-24 13:45:00

A Florida trapper said a flock of vultures returning to Brevard County for the winter tore up a pool cover, allowing one of the birds to take a dip. Chris Gangraw of The Critterman trapping service in Rockledge, Fla., said vultures are rapidly appearing in the area in great numbers, and he was called to catch a group of the scavengers holding an unauthorized pool party Monday in Baytree, Florida Today reported Thursday. He said the birds were captured and set free away from the pool. Gangraw...

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2009-09-22 10:29:45

Researchers from the University of Segovia and the University of Le³n 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. Transhumance has fallen in some parts of Spain by up to 80% over the past four years. The scientists say that traditional livestock farming practices are crucial for the preservation of mountain ecosystems. European health regulations designed to control Bovine...

2009-07-01 15:44:50

A Florida couple said a flock of about 50 vultures that descended on their yard has grown accustomed to their pit bulls and refuses to leave. Robert and Hattie Garrett said the vultures, which began roosting in trees in their Kingsland yard in January, are difficult to scare, the (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported Wednesday. They will fly up in the trees, but it's as far as they go, Robert Garrett said. If you didn't know better, you'd think we have a buzzard ranch. He said his two...

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2008-10-29 15:15:00

New research from the University of Calgary and the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta, Canada, finds that the Tyrannosaurus rex tops the list of carnivorous dinosaurs when it comes to sense of smell. The scientists examined the size of the dinosaurs' olfactory bulbs, a part of the brain that regulates smell, using CT scans and measurements of fossilized skulls for a number of meat-eating dinosaurs known as Theropods.  They discovered that the Tyrannosaurus edged out all the other...

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2008-09-10 08:58:01

Humans aren't the only ones who like fatty foods - bearded vultures do, too. A study by Antoni Margalida from the Bearded Vulture Study and Protection Group in El Pont de Suert, Spain, has found that the bearded vulture will discard less energy-dense bones and choose only the bones containing the highest fat content both for its consumption and delivery to its young. His findings1 will be published this week in the Springer journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. The bearded vulture is...

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2008-09-08 10:15:00

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. Adding wild birds to the captive colonies, located in Pakistan and India, is crucial, but political and logistical barriers are hampering efforts, says lead author Jeff A. Johnson. The study was published online August 15 in the journal Biological...

2008-09-05 16:59:58

A shadow has fallen over endangered giant vultures whose captive populations are too small to save the species. Captive breeding colonies currently lack the genetic diversity to ensure survival for oriental white-backed vultures (Gyps bengalensis) in the wild, where the birds are dropping dead from feeding on drug-tainted meat. The vultures boast a seven-foot wingspan and thrived in South Asia until the mid-1990s, when people started using an anti-inflammatory drug...


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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...

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 10:53:36

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...

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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 10:04:48

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.

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