White-rumped Vulture

White-rumped Vulture is a medium sized vulture and much smaller than Eurasian Griffon to which it is closely related. It is very common on the Indian subcontinent and regularly occurs in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and southern Vietnam. In Gujarat, the highest sightings have been documented in Kachchh district, followed by Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Banaskantha, Anand, Nadiad and Rajpipla districts. It was, at one time, believed to be closer to the White-backed Vulture of Africa and was also known as the Oriental White-backed Vulture. This species, as well as other vulture species have suffered a huge population decrease in India and nearby countries since the early 1990s. The decline has been widely attributed to poisoning by diclofenac drug used in cattle.

Gujarati Name

શ્વેતપીઠ ગીધ

Scientific Name

Gyps bengalensis

Scientific Family


Status in Gujarat


IUCN Status

Critically Endangered

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