Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the back more or less white.
“The white-backed vulture has seen its numbers drop by 99.9% since 1992, from millions to 11,000, while populations of the other two species have fallen by 97%.”
“The RSPB said the research, conducted to examine the effectiveness of the banning of the drug in 2006 in India followed by further measures in August 2008, showed that oriental white-backed, long-billed and slender-billed vultures were still at risk.”
“The German phone news blog, BestBoyz via Google Translate, posted pictures of a white-backed Nexus to its Web site.”
“The wilderness is home to European bison, the endangered white-backed woodpecker and other important native biodiversity.”
“Her later pieces have been more ambitious in scale and production: Departures, the flying machine sold last year, was a cage held aloft by a cluster of birds that included three white-backed vultures.”
“And I passed what I took at a glance to be a large species of white-backed dragonfly hovering over some flowers that it dawned on me later could have been a ruby-throated hummingbird.”
“The black-headed, white-backed shape with the axe-like beak bounced down another branch, and another, its eye on that tree food, that meat.”
““Ninety-six, ninety-seven, ninety-eight …” The white-backed brush flashed through the golden hair.”
“The researchers believe that the number of oriental white-backed vultures in India could now be as low as 11,000 from tens of millions in the 1980s.”
“Populations of three species of South Asian vulture, the white-backed vulture (Gyps bengalensis), the long-billed vulture (Gyps indicus) and the slender-billed vulture (Gyps tenuirostris), have declined rapidly within the last decade and all are now critically endangered.”
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