In pictures: Species on the brink
Pecking order

Conservationists are now hoping for a similar recovery in South Asian vultures.

Twenty years ago the white-rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis) was found in vast flocks in India. Numbers have fallen by over 90% through accidental poisoning by a veterinary drug. Banning the drug may bring a return to the bird's former glory.

Image: RSPB

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