Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus


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Paudel, K., Bhusal, K. P., Acharya, R., Chaudhary, A., Baral, H. S., Chaudhary, I. P., Green, R. E., Cuthbert, R. J. & Galligan, T. H. 2016. Is the population trend of the Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus in Upper Mustang, Nepal, shaped by diclofenac? Forktail 32: 54-57.

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Further resources

IUCN SSC Vulture Specialist Group

Detailed species account from Birds in Europe: population estimates, trends and conservation status (BirdLife International 2004)

Detailed species account from European Red List of Birds (BirdLife International 2015)

European Union Species Action Plan

Jump to the case study for this species in Wildlife comeback in Europe: The recovery of selected mammal and bird species (Deniet et al. 2003)

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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Gypaetus barbatus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/07/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/07/2022.