Recently, the Himalayan Griffon was sighted in the Patrampur and Bail Parao ranges of the Terai forest range after nearly 15 years.


About the Himalayan Griffon

  • It is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae. It is one of the two largest Old World vultures and true raptors.
  • Distribution — This species is found along the Himalayas and the adjoining Tibetan Plateau.
  • Threat Himalayan vultures are also susceptible to toxicity induced by diclofenac, a drug whose residues are in domestic animal carcasses.
  • But their population have however not shown signs of rapid decline as witnessed in populations of other Gyps vultures across Asia.
  • Conservation status — IUCN: Near Threatened


Other Vulture species found in India

India is home to 9 species of Vulture namely the Oriental white-backed, Long-billed, Slender-billed, Himalayan, Red-headed, Egyptian, Bearded, Cinereous and Eurasian Griffon.