Vultures are scavenging birds and belong to the family of Accipitridae. There are 9 species of large vultures found living in India, mainly found in Himalayas, Rajasthan dry land, Karnataka state, Gujarat and north side of Indian Subcontinent.
Ramadevara Betta is the only Vulture Sanctuary in India, located 70 km away from the Bangalore in Kyatsandra, Karnataka. Ramadevarabetta is home to critically endangered Indian long billed vulture,Egyptian vulture and other critical birds like yellow throated bulbul.
Orchha Chaturbhuj Temple and impressive chhatris on the banks of the river Betwa in Madhya Pradesh are home to four species of vultures. The Vultures of Orchha are major tourist attractions along with Royal Chhatris and Chaturbhuj Vishnu Temple.
Indian long billed vulture, white backed vulture and the red headed vultures were spotted on Girnar Hills of Gujarat. Girnar is the highest peak of Gujarat in Junagadh district and their nests has considerably increased in the last two years.
Rajasthan has one of the largest population of surviving Vultures in India, 7 different species of vultures are found living in 23 districts of Rajasthan. Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur is one of the best place in Rajasthan for vulture sighting.
Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre in Pinjore of Haryana is first breeding and conservation of Indian vultures. The Conservation and Breeding Centre located within the Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary and houses the following four species of Critically Endangered Indian vulture species Slender billed vulture,White rumped vulture,Himalayan vulture and Indian vulture.
Threre are 9 species of vultures found living in India, 3 Old World vultures have been listed as Critically Endangered, found only to the south of the Ganges, Sub Himalayan regions and nearby countries.
Indian Vulture -Gyps Indicus
Griffon Vulture -Gyps Fulvus
Himalayan Vulture -Gyps Himalayensis
Cinereous Vulture -Aegypius Monachus
Bearded Vulture -Gypaetus Barbatus
Red Headed Vulture -Sarcogyps Calvus
Egyptian Vulture -Neophron Percnopterus
White Rumped Vulture -Gyps Bengalensis
Slender Billed Vulture -Gyps Tenuirostris
Bearded Vulture also known as lammergeier together with the Egyptian Vulture are closest living relative and distributed across Europe, Africa to India. Cinereous Vulture is one of the two large Old World vultures and largest vulture species found in India.
Indian Vulture Crisis
Indian Vulture Crisis cause the vultures population numbers only to several thousand due to diclofenac drug. Diclofenac causes kidney failure in several species of vultures.
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary of Andhra Pradesh is home to the critically endangered white backed vulture and the long billed vulture. The estuary is also second largest stretch of mangrove forests in India.