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Sarcogyps calvus

Sarcogyps calvus, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Falconiformes
Familia: Accipitridae
Subfamilia: Aegypiinae
Genus: Sarcogyps
Species: Sarcogyps calvus


Sarcogyps calvus (Scopoli, 1786)


* Deliciae florae faunae insubricae 2 p.85
* IUCN link: Sarcogyps calvus (Scopoli, 1786) (Critically Endangered)

Vernacular names
Česky: Sup holohlavý
English: Red-headed Vulture
Español: Buitre de cabeza roja
Polski: Sęp łysy


The Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus), also known as the Asian King Vulture, Indian Black Vulture or Pondicherry Vulture, is a species of Old World vulture found in South Asia.

Up to 85 cm (34 in) long and weighing 3.7-5.4 kg (8.2-11.9 lbs), this gaudy-faced vulture was historically abundant with range over south-central and south-eastern Asia extending from Pakistan to Singapore. Today the range of the Red-headed Vulture is localized primarily to Nepal and northern India where it is found in open country and in cultivated and semi-desert areas.

It used to be declining, but only slowly; in 1994 it was uplisted to Near Threatened from Least Concern by the IUCN. The widespread use of the NSAID Diclofenac - a compound now known to be extremely poisonous to vultures - in veterinary medicine in India has caused its population to collapse in recent years, however. The population of this species has essentially halved every other year since the late 1990s, and what once was a plentiful species numbering in the hundreds of thousands has come dangerously close to extinction in a mere decade-and-a-half or so. Consequently it is uplisted to Critically Endangered in the 2007 IUCN Red List.[1]


1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2007). Sarcogyps calvus. 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2007. Retrieved on 2007-09-12.

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