Vultures of India: Ecological Developments, Problems, and Prospects

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Kaushalendra Kumar Jha, PhD – Former PCCF and Professor, Indian Institute of Forest Management, India
Michael O’Neal Campbell, PhD – Lecturer, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Series: Birds – Evolution, Behavior and Ecology
BISAC: NAT043000; NAT010000; NAT011000
DOI: 10.52305/LTQC8076

This book covers selected topics about Indian vultures, focussing on their ecology, interactions with people and future, based on related political, social, economic, biological, and technological issues. This is a complex and vast area, complicated by the recent catastrophic decline in the populations of South Asian vulture species on the heels of the introduction of the veterinary drug diclofenac, and the consequent global media and research attention. Related issues have also emerged, such as human induced landscape change, and successes and failures of the ameliorative actions that followed. The book shows that while diclofenac dominated the attention to vulture ecologies and their futures in South Asia, other comparatively neglected issues such as socio-economic policies and technological developments were and are still vital. In the study of vultures and their rapidly changing ecologies, the main clusters of research methods have included laboratory studies and field techniques, the latter both biological and human socio-cultural and economic/technological. The chapters of this book consequently include work on computer software and associated technology, ecological research methods, the behavioral patterns of the studied vulture species and related animals, chemical analyses, related to animal dietary patterns and environmental degradation, avian intrusions into human life spaces etc. . The book introduces the ecology of the vulture species residing or wintering in India. This is followed by natural ecological processes of habitat selection, population status and impact of diclofenac which was believed to bring some of the Indian vultures close to local or regional extinction.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Preface

Chapter 1. An Introduction to the Vultures of India
Michael O’Neal Campbell
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Chapter 2. Vulture Habitat Selection, Population and Diclofenac Impacts
Kaushalendra Kumar Jha¹ and Radhika Jha²
¹Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India
²Zoology Department, Lucknow University, Lucknow, India

Chapter 3. Diclofenac – An NSAID: Cattles’ Friend, Vultures’ Foe
Kaushalendra Kumar Jha
Independent Researcher, Lotus Pond, Indirapuram, NCR Delhi, India

Chapter 4. Environmental Issues and Difficulties for Vulture Ecology
Kaushalendra Kumar Jha
Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India

Chapter 5. Vultures’ Vulnerability and Veterinary Interventions
Ajit Dixit¹ and Kaushalendra Kumar Jha²
¹Government of Madhya Pradesh, MP, India
²IIFM, Bhopal, India

Chapter 6. People and Vultures: Association, Resource Use and Conservation
Kaushalendra Kumar Jha¹, and Radhika Jha²
¹Indian Institute of forest Management, India
²Lucknow University, Lucknow, India

Chapter 7. Population Recovery and Conservation: Policy and Actions
Kaushalendra Kumar Jha
Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Professor, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India

Chapter 8. Interactions among Sympatric Vulture Species in India
Michael O’Neal Campbell
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Chapter 9. Success Stories of Vultures
Kaushalendra Kumar Jha¹ and Radhika Jha²
¹Former Professor and PCCF, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India
²Research Scholar, Zoology Department, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India

Chapter 10. Comparison of Vultures Occurring in India with European, African, and American Vultures
Michael O’Neal Campbell
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Chapter 11. The Chemical Poisoning of Huge-Sized Vultures
Michael O’Neal Campbell
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Chapter 12. Technological Issues and Research Methodologies for Vultures in India
Michael O’Neal Campbell
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

Chapter 13. Modelling Studies in Vultures: A Few Ecological Cases
Kaushalendra Kumar Jha
Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India

Chapter 14. Mathematical Modelling and Behavioral Issues in Vulture Ecologies
Michael O’Neal Campbell
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

Chapter 15. The Way Forward
Kaushalendra Kumar Jha¹ and Michael O’Neal Campbell²
¹Lotus Pond, Vaibhav Khand, Indirapuram, NCR Delhi, India
²Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

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