Himalayan Vulture

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

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.

Habitat: Open country


Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)

Location: All records in Singapore were juvenile birds sighted between the months of December and January: 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) and Toa Payoh (Jan 2016).


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

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
Lim Kim Seng (2009) The Avifauna of Singapore