Himalayan Vulture

Scientific Name: Gyps himalayensis
Malay Name: Hering Himalaya
Chinese Name: 高山兀鹫
Alternative Name(s): Himalayan Griffon or Himalayan Griffon Vulture

Found within the higher regions of the Himalayas with juveniles having the tendency to disperse south to lower altitudes in northern India, Nepal and as far as Southeast Asia


Size: 115-125 cm

Juvenile when seen in flight has distinctive long, broad wings, short wedge-shaped tail, whitish streaks on brownish mantle and scapulars, broader, more prominent whitish streaks on brownish underparts and underwing coverts contrasting with blackish flight feathers and tail.

Habitat: Open country


Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2017)

Location: All records in Singapore were juvenile birds sighted between the months of December and February: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (Jan 1992 and January 2008), Orchard Road (Jan 1995), Changi Reclaimed Land (Jan 2006), Ang Mo Kio (Dec 2006), Upper Seletar Reservoir (Jan 2008), Simpang Grassland (Jan 2008), MacRitchie Reservoir (Jan 2010), Toa Payoh (Jan 2016), Hindhede Quarry (Feb 2018, Dec 2019), Central Business District (Jan 2020)


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2017). Gyps himalayensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.