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Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2018; 6(4): 905-910      |                 Available online, December 22, 2018

Congregations of two subspecies of Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, India


Shivangi Mishra1, Adesh Kumar1, 2, Ankit Sinha1, Daya Shanker Sharma1and *Amita Kanaujia1, 2


1Biodiversity & Wildlife Conservation Lab, Department of Zoology, University of Lucknow, Lucknow-226007, Uttar Pradesh, India

2Institute for Wildlife Sciences, ONGC Center for Advanced Studies, University of Lucknow, Lucknow-226007, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Received: 29.06.2018    |    Accepted: 23.11.2018         |       Published: 22.12.2018

The Globally Endangered Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus congregates in the areas which are away from human disturbances, where food availability is high and roosting substrates are present. There are three subspecies of Egyptian Vultures in the world. Out of three subspecies two subspecies are present in India. Present study discusses the population status of both the subspecies at their congregation sites in district Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, India. Adults of both subspecies of the Egyptian vulture were studied and compared for their population from January 2014 to December 2017. Direct observations were made to get an idea of the number. Vultures were counted using the Total count method. Maximum number of individuals was counted in 2017 and the site with the highest congregation was identified. Population of Neophron p. percnopterus (338.5±86.2) was around double than the population of Neophron p. ginginianus (168.2 ± 45.8). Adult individuals were considered. They were either Sunbathing, dustbathing or simply roosting on the trees and ground. To avoid negative effects on the population of the Egyptian Vultures, we strongly recommend that the site sheltering the highest number of individuals should be considered as the Important Roost site and there should be safe food availability for them in the form of ‘Vulture Restaurants’ to conserve them from further decline.


Keywords: Neophron percnopterus percnopterus ; Neophron percnopterus ginginianus; Population; Conservation..




Editor: Dr.Arvind Chavhan


Cite this article as:

Mishra Shivangi, Adesh Kumar, Ankit Sinha, Daya Shanker Sharma1and Amita Kanaujia (2018) Congregations of two subspecies of Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, India, Int. J. of. Life Sciences, Volume 6(4): 905-910. 



Authors are thankful to the Head, Department of Zoology, University of Lucknow, for providing infrastructural facilities and encouragement to carry out research, Basic Scientific Research Fellowship, University Grants Commission for the financial support, we also thank the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Uttar Pradesh for providing permission in the study area. U.P. Forest Department and volunteers Shivam Mishra, Vandana Dhiman, Abhishek Shukla for their assistance during field observations.


Conflicts of interest: The authors stated that no conflicts of interest.



Copyright: © 2018 | Author(s), This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial - No Derives License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.


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