Q. Which of the following vulture/s is/are found in India?
1.Red – Headed vulture
2.White – Rumped vulture
3.Egyptian vulture
Choose the correct answer from below given codes:

[A] 1 only

[B] 1 and 2 only

[C] 2 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

Explanation: India has nine species of ‘endangered’ and ‘critically endangered’ raptors that include five vulture species (Red-headed Vulture, Indian Vulture, White-rumped Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture and Egyptian Vulture), one owl species (Forest Owlet), one falcon (Saker Falcon) and two eagles (Steppe Eagle and Pallas’s Fish-eagle).

  • There are many reasons for loss in the number of these birds, ranging from chemical poisoning, and human disturbances to their preferred habitats, hunting, habitat degradation and pollution.
  • For their role in maintaining the food chain and giving us free ecosystem service, they and their habitat should be protected.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/education/in-sync-with-nature/article65418700.ece