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Himalayan Griffon - BirdForum Opus

Adult : underwing
Photo © by bionicsherpa
Pisang, Nepal

Alternative Names: Himalayan Vulture

Gyps himalayensis


103–110 cm (40½-43¼ in)

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

Similar Species

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


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.


This is a monotypic species2.


High plateaux and mountains up to 6,000m



Eats carrion


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  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. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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