Vultures Birds of Prey
Here we have our favourite bird of all time. The Scavengers of the Jungle.
Vultures found within the province of Stung Treng in Cambodia are between 70-85 cm high. This is classed as medium size. Their heads are darkish with a pinkish grey colouring with silver beaks. They have quite large round eyes and their necks are thick and short, with a white collar around the bottom, a dark black plumage covers the top down to the rump lower feather which are a silver colour..
The main threat to these birds of prey is caused by lack of sustainable food. With the continual hunting and poaching of buffalo over the years there has been a decline on numbers of vultures in areas of china and Eastern Asia. This was partially caused by a drug used on domestic farm animals to reduce inflammation. Unfortunately the drug residue remains in carcasses and the vultures were poisoned when consuming the meat.
Apparently the drug is absent in Cambodia and a group of supporting farmers have set up vulture restaurants to help feed these critically endangered birds. There are two restaurants one in Stung Treng province and the other Siempang and Seasan. These restaurants have been set up by local agricultural farmers by dropping off cows that have not been treated with the drug dichlofenic. Rangers are monitoring and supervising each restaurant. It has been noted since 1980 that 171 vultures were counted at vulture restaurants.