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The population crash of the white-rumped vulture, and its struggle to recover

The Falconer
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Abstract

The white-rumped vulture Gyps bengalensis was once the most abundant bird of prey on the Indian sub-continent. This species easily adapted to life in urban settings; thriving as a keystone species that maintained an ecological balance between the living and the dead. Dead livestock comprised the bulk of the white-rumped vulture diet and was ultimately responsible for its catastrophic population crash. Within ten years of the first documented population declines more than 99% of the white-rumped vultures were lost. The white-rumped vulture was listed as critically endangered in 2000 and has since remained at high risk for extinction.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The population crash of the white-rumped vulture, and its struggle to recover
Series title The Falconer
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher The British Falconers' Club
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 3 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title The Falconer
First page 76
Last page 78
Country United States