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)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

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)
Peak week Jan 08-Jan 14
Early date 01 Dec 1989
Late date 08 Feb 2018
Recorded every year from 2019 to 2022 in the latter part of Dec and early Jan, suggesting they may be wandering to the Malay peninsula more frequently than before.


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.

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