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Himalayan Griffon

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Adult : underwingPhoto by bionicsherpa Pisang, Nepal
Adult : underwing
Photo by bionicsherpa
Pisang, Nepal

Alternative Names: Himalayan Vulture

Gyps himalayensis


[edit] Identification

103–110 cm (40Β½-43ΒΌ in)

  • Body pale brownish
  • Wing coverts pale buff to white
  • Flight feathers and tail very dark

[edit] Similar Species

Eurasian Griffon Vulture is smaller, has shorter tail, and narrower body.

[edit] Distribution

Central Asia, mainly in the Himalayas.

Breeds in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, north Pakistan, northern India, Nepal, Bhutan and in much of western and central China.

Resident except for limited altitudinal movement, probably some dispersal by young birds.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species2.

[edit] Habitat

High plateaux and mountains up to 6,000m

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Eats carrion

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Birdforum thread discussing id of this species
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from

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