Breeding site records of three sympatric vultures in a mountainous cliff in Kahara-Thathri, Jammu & Kashmir, India

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Muzaffar A. Kichloo
Sudesh Kumar
Neeraj Sharma


The current communication deals with the breeding records of three sympatric vultures, viz., Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis, Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus, and Bearded vulture Gypaetus barbatus from a mountain cliff in Kahara, Thathri, a part of upper Chenab catchment in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Made of twigs and lined by dry grass, the nests mostly east-facing, were built on the ledges or in cavities and small caves on cliffs well protected from predators. The inaccessibility, rugged topography (for nesting) and the abundant food base (gorals, monkeys, langurs, pikas, and rodents) make it an ideal nesting location for the vultures. Authors suggested that intensive studies are required to be taken up on the resource apportionment and influence of habitat variables (climate, terrain, disturbance) on the nest site characteristics in such rugged landscapes.


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Muzaffar A. Kichloo, Department of Environmental Sciences, Govt. Degree College, Thathri (Doda), UT of Jammu and Kashmir 182203, India.

Assistant Professor 

Neeraj Sharma, Faculty of Life Sciences, Institute of Mountain Environment, Bhaderwah (Doda), UT of Jammu and Kashmir 182222, India.

Assistant Professor


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