Himalayan griffon vulture
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17th Dec, 2020
- Himalayan griffon vulture, a rare and largest bird native to the Himalayas, has been sighted for the first time at the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary.
What is important about Himalayan griffon vulture?
- The vulture is listed as “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
- It lives mainly in the higher regions of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau at the elevation of above 1500 metres.
- It could be a brief migration stay for the vulture.
- Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan,Nepal, Bhutan to western China and Mongolia are the other places of its occurrence.
What is the main threat?
- Himalayan vultures are susceptible to toxicity induced by diclofenac, a drug whose residues are found in domestic animal carcasses.
Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary (PCWBS)
- It is a protected area in Tamil Nadu, South India along the Palk Strait where it meets the Bay of Bengal at Point Calimere at the southeastern tip of Nagapattinam District.
- The sanctuary was created in 1967 for conservation of the least concern blackbuck antelope, an endemic mammal species of India.
- It is famous for large congregations of waterbirds, especially greater flamingos.