Near-extinct vulture found in Bangladesh

January 16th, 2009 - 12:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, Jan 16 (IANS) A huge and extremely rare vulture, commonly called black vulture, too weak to fly, has been caught by students in a village in Tangail district of Bangladesh and is being nursed back to health.Now under the care of Madhupur Forest Department, the bird, whose scientific name is Aegypius monachus, is said to be “near-extinct globally”, a media report said Friday.

The three-foot tall bird weighs 15 kg and has a wingspan of 10 feet.

Modhupur Assistant Forest Conservator Rabindranath Adhikari told The Daily Star newspaper Thursday that the bird is being kept at the Modhupur National Park at Rashulpur with the hope that its health will improve and it will be able to fly again.

Reza Khan, a wildlife expert who had seen the bird, said the black vulture is a rare migrant bird and is one of the two largest vultures found in the region.

The bird is now in a better condition and eating regularly, Adhikari said.

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