|Copyright: DEVENDRA BHARDWAJ (DevendraBhardwa)
|Date Taken: 2003-03|
|Camera: Nikon F60, Tamron 28-300 XR|
|Exposure: f/3.8, 1/90 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-11-02 21:35|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|WHITEBACKED VULTURE(Gyps bengalensis)|
The situation in India of the whitebacked vulture must now be regarded as critical There has been an alarming crash in the population of the whitebacked vulture (Gyps bengalensis) in India.
Field Characteristics: Adult. Heavy brownish black with naked neck and head sunk into the shoulders while bird at rest. A white or whitish ruff of soft feathers round base of neck, broken in front by a black crop-path. Male and female look alike. When perched, as well as in flight below eye level, or even banking high up in the air, white lower back is diagnostic. In overhead aspect abroad whitish bend along underside of wings distinguishes this species.
General habits : It was usually seen in small groups, commonly in association with the longbilled and other vultures, perched hunching-up on tree tops in the countryside, on roof tops or walls in the vicinity of slaughter-houses, municipal refuse dumps, and outskirts of villages and habitations. Favorite roosts and the ground underneath became white with the bird’s (acid) excreta
Food: They survive on dead animals. Birds in aviary also avidly swallow dry bone splinters 1-3 cm. washing them down with draughts of water.
Voice call: Raucous, strident, creak. Screeches or ‘laughter’ ka…ka…ka… while one bird is supplanting another at the carcass or roost.
Breeding:oct. to march.
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