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Nepal vulture population: New count records 2,312 individuals, 506 more than last year

File: Vultures are seen on a bank of Narayani River in central Nepal. Photo: Ankit Bilash Joshi/BCN

Kathmandu, September 15

Giving new data about Nepal vulture population, a new nationwide count of seven species of vultures has recorded 2,312 individuals across the country.

Bird Conservation Nepal, an NGO, says the count was conducted on the occasion of International Vulture Awareness Day that is celebrated on the first Saturday of September.

Kriti Nepal, the organisation’s policy advocacy officer, says the number recorded this year is a significant increase from the past years as there were 1,905 and 1,816 individuals recorded in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Here is the detail of the data recorded during the count this year:

Name of speciesTotal observationOccurrence status
White-rumped vulture (WRV)1293Resident
Red-headed vulture (RHV)60Resident
Slender-billed vulture (SBV)33Resident
Egyptian vulture (EV)392Resident
Himalayan griffon (HG)484Resident
Bearded vulture (BV)43Resident
Cinereous vulture (CV)7Winter visitor

The organisation clarifies migrant griffon vulture (GV) and vagrant Indian vulture (IV) were not assessed during the survey and only seven species out of nine vulture species known in Nepal were sighted during the count.

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