vulture

Indian white-backed and long billed vulture colonies exist in Konkan.

  • Sahyadri has undertaken vulture conservation program in Konkan region and the northern western ghats.
  • The program has been supported by CEPF.
  • In addition to CEPF support, Sahyadri needs co-sponsors for the following requirements:
    • Adopt a vulture nest by compensating the coconut grower having nest.
    • Sponsor vehicle rent including driver and fuel expenses for mobile exhibition for a trip.
    • Sponsor Dashavatari program to spread awareness during Jatayu Festival
    • Sponsor award for the village level vulture conservation competition
 

Distribution: Found in India and South East Pakistan.

Size: 92cm

Wing span: 196 to 238 cm

Weight: 5.5 to 6.3Kg

Natural habitat: Found in cities, towns and villages near cultivated area and open woody areas.

Identifying features: Plumage is light to dark brown. Head is small and blackish while neck is long which is patchily covered with whitish-brown down-like feathers. Thighs have white feathers. Juveniles have slightly lighter plumage as compared to adults. Bill is longer and grey in color. Tip of the upper mandible is hooked.

Distribution: The species was present in large numbers, in Southern and Southeastern Asia until 1990s and declined rapidly in numbers between 1992 and 2007. Scattered population now occurs in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and southern Vietnam.

Size: 75-85 cm

Wing span: 200-220 cm

Weight: 3.5 to 7.5 Kg

Natural Habitat: Found mostly in plains and less frequently in hilly regions. Can also be seen in villages and cities near to cultivation.

Identifying Features: Medium sized Vulture with adults having blackish plumage. White neck ruff, rump and under wing coverts. Bill is silver, short and heavy. Juveniles are dark brown with white shaft-streaks. Sub-adults are dull brown.