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Long-billed Vultures by Clement Francis
Seen singly or in pairs, the Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus is less social than the Long-billed Vulture Gyps indicus or the White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis. At a kill, it prefers to stay its distance from other squabbling birds, waiting patiently for its turn. The drug Diclofenac, which has virtually wiped out 95 per cent of vultures belonging to the genus Gyps, has not harmed S. calvus. As a result, sightings of seven and more individuals at a single kill are not uncommon in Bandhavgarh. Long-billed Vultures, fortunately, seem to be making a comeback here as can be judged by the increased activity at nesting sites located along the rocky outcrops around the Bandhavgarh fort.