Fifteen vulture species facing extinction set to get global protection

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Fifteen vulture species facing extinction set to get global protection
Fifteen vulture species facing extinction set to get global protection

New Delhi: Fifteen species of vultures in 128 countries, including four that are critically endangered in India, may get a fresh lease of life with a 12-year multi-species coordinated action plan to conserve African-Eurasian vultures set to take wing at a UN summit next month, conservationists say.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of species threatened with extinction has listed a majority of these vulture species as critically endangered, indicating a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

The Indian vultures that are set to get collaborative international protection under the Multi-Species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures are

Four critically endangered vulture species

The red-headed

The white-rumped

The long-billed

The slender-billed

Two near threatened species

Bearded

Himalayan griffon

One endangered

 The Egyptian vulture

The cinereous vulture, a wintering migrant to India from Europe, is also facing the threat of extinction.

The other species are: white-headed, hooded, white-backed, cape griffon, Rüppell’s griffon, Eurasian griffon and lappet-faced vultures. Most of these species are found in Africa. While the Eurasian griffon vulture is found in Europe and Asia, the lappet-faced vulture is home to the Middle East.

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