Matchbox 03: Indian Vulture

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Rising dramatically from the flat plains of Gujarat is an ancient mountain that predates the Himalayas. Mount Girnar is the home of ancient dynasty rock inscriptions, a sacred site for Buddhists, Hindus and Jains, and a nesting ground for the fastest declining species in the world.

Known in Gujarat as Girnari Gidh, the Indian vulture shifted from being a common bird across the Indian subcontinent to critically endangered in only three decades. The Indian Vulture is mainly found in forests, grasslands and shrublands, and observed near human-occupied spaces across India and parts of Pakistan.

Scientific Name: Gyps indicus
Local Name (Dialect): ગિરનારી ગીધ / Girnari Gidh (Gujarati)
Location: India; Pakistan