Himalayan Vulture

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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

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

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)

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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

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.