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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Gyps
Genus species:Gyps bengalensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:75-85 cm
Identification:The white-backed vulture has blackish plumage with a contrasting white neck-ruff, lower back, and rump. The naked parts of its head, neck, and feet are dark.
Habitat:Open country, vicinity of abattoirs, cliffs, mostly low lands up to 2,600 m
Diet:Carnivore: carrion
Reproduction:Pairs begin nesting in October and continue through March. Nests are built 5-30 meters above ground in a tree. The nest is usually large and bulky with a shallow cup. There is one egg per clutch.
Relatively large groups may form at carcasses.
Behavior:These vultures are often found in the vicinity of slaughterhouses, municipal refuse dumps, and outskirts of villages.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the smallest species of the genus Gyps. It has been described that the white-rumped vulture will participate in active, collaborative hunting, where a group of about 15 vultures will land around a patty field, slowly walking up and then rushing a flock of village ducks.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Central Asia Date:1974-02 Subjects:hawk-like bird
raptor
Oriental white-backed vulture
White-rumped vulture
Bengal vulture
Vultures
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals