An Endangered species as per IUCN. Seen a whole family of this bird near a dead cow. My spotting of the Juveniles is at http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/119... In the last pic the couple can be seen. They feed on the eggs of other birds, breaking larger ones by tossing a large pebble onto them. The use of tools is rare in birds and apart from the use of a pebble as a hammer, Egyptian Vultures also use twigs to roll up wool for use in their nest. The adult's plumage is white, with black flight feathers in the wings.
Seen at Madhav National Park. The park officials informed me that these birds were quite common in villages around the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh border.
During the beginning of the breeding season, courting pairs soar high together and one or both may make steep spiralling or swooping dives. The birds are monogamous and pair bonds may be maintained for more than one breeding season and the same nest sites may be reused each year. In India, the decline of this bird has been rapid with a 35% decrease each year since 1999. The exact cause of the decline is not known, but has been linked with the use of the NSAID Diclofenac, which has been known to cause death in Gyps vultures. Populations of this species have declined in the 20th century and some island populations are endangered by hunting, accidental poisoning, and collision with power lines.
Lat: 25.37, Long: 77.81
Spotted on Jun 5, 2012
Submitted on Jun 24, 2012
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