Scientific Name: Gyps himalayensis
Malay Name: Hering Himalaya
Chinese Name: 高山兀鹫
Alternative Name(s): Himalayan Griffon or Himalayan Griffon Vulture
Range: 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
Identification: 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.
Similar looking species: Cinereous Vulture
Habitat: Open country
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2021)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2021). Gyps himalayensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-3.RLTS.T22695215A204643889.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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