The vulture has been spotted again near Victoria Memorial Vultures are back in the city, after a gap of two years.

Shimla: Unchecked over-the-counter sale of globally banned veterinary drug diclofenac in Himachal Pradesh has put a question mark on the government's effort in phasing out the drug that has been pro

eleven peafowl found dead in Punjab were killed by food contaminated with pesticides. Nine peahens and two peacocks died in Ladhowal forest area near Ludhiana on December 26. The state forest

After a dramatic decline in population in the last decade, vultures are increasing in Nepal. A study by the Bird Conservation Nepal (bcn) says vulture nests have doubled in number in a year since the vulture feeding centres were initiated in the region (see

The anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac has been incriminated as the main cause for decline in vulture numbers in South Asia. The birds, it is said, perish after feeding on carcasses that have

A survey of Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus vultures was carried out in 23 districts of Rajasthan, covering the Thar Desert, Aravalli Hills and Vindhya Hills from July 2004 to July 2007. Nov-Dec 2007

Nine species of vultures are recorded from the Indian subcontinent. The populations of three resident Gyps species, namely Oriental White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis, Long- billed Vulture Gyps indicus and Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris crashed during the mid nineties of the last century. Vulture declines were first documented at Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Subsequently, the crash in populations was documented across the country.

An ambitious breeding-in-captivity project aims to save the endangered vulture by preventing it from feeding on carcasses rich in the killer diclofenac drug. It may be a classical case of too little too late.

"Shortage of food is not killing vultures, it is diclofenac. It caused more than 95 per cent decline in vulture population during the last 15 years. This terrible situation can arise even if five out off 1,000 carcasses are contaminated with diclofenac,' says ornithologist Hem Sagar Baral. Apart from running a vulture restaurant, Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) is also campaigning to remove the drug from the market. Nepal has, of course, banned the import and production of diclofenac. But, according to Baral, the sale of the drug has not stopped.

Gujarat halts diclofenac use

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