First Egg in Quarter Century for Thailand’s Higly Endangered Asian King Vulture

After 25 years of waiting, an Asian king vulture named Nui has finally produced an egg in Thailand on January 30. Welcome news for a highly endangered species that has been extinct in the wild for thirty years.

Acting zoo director Nakhon Ratchasima said it was the first time that the bird had laid an egg in her cage and claims it is a good omen for the Chinese New Year and the forthcoming Valentine’s day. 

Ratchasima zoo has four vultures : A 19 year old male, pocky : a twenty-one year old male; another twelve year old male Tan and finally a ten year old female Nui.

The red-headed vulture which is also known as the Asian King vulture, Indian black vulture or Pondicherry vulture, and is an old world vulture that is mainly found in the Indian sub-continent.

This gaudy-faced vulture used to be historically abundant, it ranged widely across the Indian sub-continent and also East-wards to South-Central and South-Eastern  Asia, extending from India to Singapore.

Today the red-headed vulture is localized primarily to Northern Indian. It is mostly in open countries and in cultivated and semi-desert areas. It can also be found in deciduous forest and foothills and river valleys. It can be found up to an altitude of 3000m from sea level.

The red-headed vulture used to be almost extinct but only slowly; In the year 2004 the species was up listed to near threatened from least concern by IUCN.


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