• The identification of the scavenger, which has been given a status of Near Threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, was made by Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre, at Pinjore in Haryana.
  • “Yes, it is a rare instance of the huge bird from the north being sighted in the southern parts,”
  • This makes for a new distribution of the Old World vulture.
  • The arrival of the birds could be a phenomenon associated with winter migration to the south as the birds are known to be long distance fliers.
  • The four sightings made so far of these large scavengers in southern India have a pattern.
  • While all the sightings were reported in 2013, the birds were one year juveniles.
  • The sightings were reported from Ramdevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary and Hessarghatta, Grasslands, Bangalore, both in Karnataka, sighted on February 10, Gorasa in Kakinada of Andhra Pradesh on February 12 and Akkamala in Kerala on June 24.
  • According to experts, juveniles of Gyps himalayensis exhibit features which among others include dark brown body with heavily streaked buff color and dark brown under wing coverts with whitish central bar and pointed wing edges.
  • The significance of the sighting, the experts opined that Pala.