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    White-backed Vultures in India


    by WildFilmsIndia

    White-backed / Long-billed Vultures on a tree at Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India belongs to family: Accipitridae. (Old World vulture)t is closely related to the European Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus). At one time it was believed to be closer to the White-backed Vulture of Africa and was known as the Oriental White-backed Vulture..The White-backed Vulture is a typical vulture, with an unfeathered head and neck, very broad wings, and short tail feathers. It is much smaller than European Griffon. It has a white neck ruff. The adult's whitish back, rump, and underwing coverts contrast with the otherwise dark plumage. The body is black and the secondaries are silvery grey. The head is tinged in pink and bill is silvery with dark ceres. The nostril openings are slit-like. Juveniles are largely dark and take about four or five years to acquire the adult plumage. In flight, the adults show a dark leading edge of the wing and has a white wing-lining on the underside. The undertail coverts are black.[5