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Egyptian Vulture at Pokhara, Nepal

on 21st December 2017
Composite of a juvenile, immature and adult (from right to left).
Composite of a juvenile, immature and adult (from right to left).

“We heard from some bird watching colleagues about Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus ginginianus) collecting at the main rubbish dump site just outside Pokhara and made an attempt to find it. It is located 2-3 km north of the city. The dump does not smell much but the dust can choke you.

Social/family group.
Social/family group.

“We saw in excess of 75 Egyptian Vultures and numerous Black Kites (Milvus migrans). Of interest was the complete absence of crows and the large number of White Wagtails (Motacilla alba). No other vulture species present.

An immature bird on the ground .
An immature bird on the ground .

“Light is very strong at this open dump site and, together with the dust, makes photography a challenge. I am not sure what the birds feed on here as there are people processing the rubbish and rotting material is limited.

An adult.
An adult.

“The Egyptian Vulture is classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

N. p. ginginianus is said to have an all yellow bill in comparison to N. p. percnopterus but almost all birds I saw had a grey-white tip to the beak.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
10th November 2017

Location: Pokhara, Gandaki Zone, Western Region, Nepal at 900m ASL
Habitat: City Rubbish Dump Site

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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