Vultures in Orchha

Among the mogul ruins of the ancient Indian town of Orchha, are the huge Raja and Jahangir Mahals, the Chaturbhuj Temple and a collection of impressive chhatris (cenotaphs) on the banks of the River Betwa.

Vultures in Orchha

Atop the rooftops of these decaying buildings roost a colony of Indian Vultures. They are huge birds, but we didn’t notice them at first as they blend into the baroque ornament of the spires and parapets. However when they spread their wings and take to the air, they cast shadows on the ground, and looking up… well, they are magnificent. When they alight again, they look so much a part of the roofline – medieval gargoyles, stern against the sky.

Vultures in Orchha

Sadly, Indian Vultures have suffered huge population declines – around 98% – in recent years, due to the widespread use of a cattle drug which persists in carcasses and causes kidney failure in vultures. The Govt has banned the drug as of 2010, but it is still being used and it will take a while before it is replaced. And many more years before populations of this long-lived bird may recover.

In the first-ever vulture census recently in Orchha Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh, 125 vultures of four species and their nests have been found.

Vultures in Orchha

These include 50 indigenous vultures, 63 White Backed, 9 Egyptian and 3 King Vultures. Migratory Cinereous Griffon Vulture, which comes from Himalayas, was also detected in Orchha Sanctuary (Tikkamgarh district)

As per the census report, total 14 vultures have been found in Sinauniya area of Orchha Sanctuary including one Indian, 11 White Backed, 2 Egyptian vultures and one nest. As many as 25 vultures have been detected in Chhatri Samooh area including 3 Egyptian and 14 nests of Indian vultures.

Vultures in Orchha

This could be the perfect time for you to sight these rare species in the quaint town of cenotaphs and palaces: Orchha!!

For more details please contact…

Amar Mahal
Orchha, District Tikamgarh,
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA
Tel : + 917680252102, 252202
Fax : +917680-252203

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