Indian Vulture


Scavenger bird species which breeds on mountain cliffs

It usually is 80–103 cm long and has a wing span of 6.4 to 7.8 ft. It weighs 5.5–6.3 kg. The species breeds mainly on naturally made holes of tall cliffs. Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeds on carcasses of dead animals. They clean our environment by feeding on dead animals and protect us by spreading of deadly diseases and bad odor. The Indian vulture species have suffered a 99%–97% population decrease in past two decades due to veterinary drug diclofenac. Diclofenac causes kidney failure in several species of vultures. In March 2006 the Indian Government announced its support for a ban on the veterinary use of diclofenac.

How to Explore

Seen soaring high near nesting sites and around dead carcasses.

Recommended Time & Duration

Resident bird in Nashik. Winter is the breeding time, one can see them around their nesting sites.

Rules To Follow

Treat them as our friends as they clean our environment. Keep safe distance from nesting sites and feeding sites.

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