After Crisis 5 Species of Vultures Living in India

Vultures are scavengers and all belonging to the Cathartidae family of bird of prey. There are 9 species of vultures found in India including both migratory and residential, Here is the list of five large vulture species found living in India and most are now in danger of extinction due to Indian vulture crisis.

Long-billed Vulture (Gyps indicus)


Indian vulture or long-billed vulture is the most common species of vulture found in India and native to the Indian subcontinent. The long-billed vulture is listed as Critically Endangered due to the Indian vulture crisis.

Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris)


The slender-billed vulture is also native to sub-Himalayan regions of India and Asia. It is very much similar to Indian vulture and also hit by the Indian vulture crisis, today found from the Gangetic plain to northern Odisha and east through Assam. Image Source –

White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis)

The white-rumped vulture is another keystone species of vulture living in India and listed as Critically Endangered. It was one of the very common vulture species especially in the Gangetic plains of India along with long-billed Vulture and slender-billed vulture.

Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps Calvus)


Red-Headed Vulture is also known as Indian Black Vulture found only in the Indian Subcontinent. This medium sized vulture has no subspecies found in deciduous forests and foothills and river valleys.

Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis)


The Himalayan vulture or Himalayan griffon vulture are native to the Himalayas and one of the two largest Old World vultures found in India. Himalayan griffon vulture has dark brown feathers and are the largest of the Gyps species also the largest and heaviest bird in the Himalayas.

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