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White-rumped Vulture - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Asian White-backed Vulture

Gyps bengalensis
Photo by Jugal Tiwari
Location: Kutch, Gujarat, India, November, 2008


76–93 cm

  • Mainly black plumage
  • White lower back
  • White underwing coverts


Lowlands of Iran

Southern Asia: formerly widespread and common from northern and eastern Pakistan, throughout India, Burma and south-west China east to Vietnam and south to the central Malay Peninsula.

In dramatic decline in recent years through an epidemic caused by livestock drugs affecting Gyps vultures in Asia. Numbers have dropped to less than 10% of former population.

Sightings on Pokhara Valley of Nepal: White-rumped vulture has been sighted along the Seti river on the Bombax ceiba trees on the cultivated lands on the riverside. Future surveys will identify in what number they occur. Now it is only confirmed that this species is found in Pokhara valley of Nepal.

Photo by Kshounish Sankar Ray
Kolkata, West Bengal, India, September 2008


This is a monotypic species[1].

Sometimes considered as conspecific with African White-backed Vulture G. africanus.


Searches for carrion over farmland and grassland, often occurs close to towns and villages.



Nests in trees.


Their diet consists almost entirely of carrion.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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