29 January 2007

Breeding Garudas

Greater Adjutant (Leptoptilos dubius)

A pair of greater adjutants, also known as Garuda birds, have been sighted nesting in the Bhagalpur district of Bihar, India. Less than a thousand of these birds are alive in the world. They are threatened by habitat loss, hunting, and egg collection. The anti-inflammatory medicine Diclofenac, used by veterinarians to treat cattle and shown to be harmful to vultures, may also be a contributor to their decline, as the birds sometimes feed on cattle carcasses.

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See images of the greater adjutant.

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