Himalayan Vulture

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

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

Behaviour/Ecology:

Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2021)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):

Photos:

External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Himalayan Griffon)

References:
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 19 December 2021

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.