Image description

Published yearly: 

4 Issues

______________________

ISSN: 2320-964X (Online) 

ISSN: 2320-7817  (Print)

______________________

Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Santosh Pawar 


INDEXED IN

RESEARCH ARTICLE

_______________________________________________________________________________________

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

E-mail: kanaujia.amita@gmail.com  |  Phone No. 09415030061

 

 

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. 

____________________________________________________________________________

Acknowledgements

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.

_________________________________________________________________________

Bird, DM, Bildstein, KL (Editors). (2007): Raptor Research and Management Techniques. Hancock House Publishers, WA, U.S.A.


Clark WS & NJ Schmitt. (1998) Ageing Egyptian Vultures. Alula 4:122–127.


Donazar JA, Negro U, Palacios CJ, Gangoso L, Godoy LA, Ceballos O, Hiraldo F & Capote N.(2002) :Description ofa new subspecies of the Egyptian Vulture (Accipitridae: Neophron percnopterus) from the Canary Islands. Journal ofRaptor Research 36: 17-23.


Ferguson-Lees J. & Christie DA. (2001): Raptors of the world. Christopher Helm, London.


Jenkins AR, JJ Smallie & Diamond M. (2010): Avian collisions with power lines: a global review of causes and mitigation with a South African perspective. Bird Conservation International 20: 263–278.


Linnaeus E. (1758): SystemaNaturae, l0th edn, Vol. I. LaurentiiSalvii, Holmiae.


Linnaeus C. (1766): SystemaNaturae, 12th edn, Vol. I. LaurentiiSalvii, Holmiae.


Latham J. (1790): Index Ornithologicus, Vol. l. Leigh & Sotheby, London.


Levy N, Mendelssohn H. (1989): Egyptian vultures: feeding behavior. Israel Land and Nature 14: 126–131.


Mundy Peter J. (2014): Egyptian Vultures and the principle of subspecies in vultures.Vulture News 66.


Naoroji R (2006) (Book): Birds of Prey of the Indian subcontinent. Christopher Helm/A&C Black Publishers Ltd.,London.


Olendorf RR, Miller AD, Lewhan RN. (1981): Suggested practices for raptor protection on power lines: the state of the art in 1981. Raptor Research Report no. 4. St Paul: Raptor Research Foundation, University of Minnesota.


Stahlecker DW. (1979): Raptor use of nest boxes and platforms on transmission towers. Wildlife Society Bulletin 7(1): 59–62.


Sara M, Grenci S, Di Vittorio M. (2009): Status of Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Sicily. J. Raptor Res. 43(1): 66-69.


Tewes E (ed). (2002) A fact-finding mission to prepare the Action Plan for the recovery and conservation of vultures on the Balkan Peninsula. Black Vulture Conservation Foundation/Foundation for the Conservation of the Bearded Vulture, Frankfurt Zoological Society.

IJLSCI EVENTS

ADVERTISEMENT

 
















    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF

    LIFE SCIENCES

    Origin & Evolution


    Print ISSN : 2320-7817 

    Online ISSN:2320-964X



    EDITORIAL OFFICE

    46, Guruwandan, Jawahar Nagar, 

    VMV Road, Amravati- 444604

    Maharashtra, India.

    Tel  + 91- 9970559438  |   9420775527  

    Email: editor@ijlsci.in | editorijlsci@gmail.com