Vultures are scavenger birds which feed on the carcasses of large animals, thus playing important role in cleaning of the environment. Vultures have been described in Indian mythological epic Ramayana where the Vultures king Jatayu sacrificed himself while saving Sita from the clutches of Ravana. The followers of the Zoroastrianism (Parsi community) religion in India have traditionally been dependent on Vultures for disposal of their dead bodies. Therefore, for several centuries the Vultures of India have been providing a crucial ecosystem service for the Parsi people.

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