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Seven rare Himalayan Griffon vultures killed by train

PTI | Last Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 17:28

Rangiya: Seven rare breed of Himalayan Griffon vulture were killed and four others seriously injured by a goods train in Assam`s Kamrup district today, forest officials said.

The vultures were feeding on a carcass at Hakarpara railway tracks when a goods train dragged the birds, killing seven on the spot and seriously injuring four others, the sources said.
The injured birds have been shifted to the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati.

The species is found mainly in the higher regions of the Himalayas, the Pamirs, Kazakhstan and on the Tibetan Plateau, with northwestern limits of the breeding range being in Afghanistan and southern limits in Bhutan but juvenile birds may, however, disperse further south.

The Griffons may have strayed into the area, which falls under West Kamrup forest division, from neighbouring Bhutan.

First Published: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 17:28

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