Vultur monachus, Lin.
1. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 6 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 441; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 62 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 53; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 1.
THE CINEREOUS VULTURE.
* Length, 42 to 45; expanse, 96 to 118 ; wing, 29.5 to 32 ; tail, 13 to 16 ; tarsus, 4.8 to 5.5; bill from gape, 3.6 to 4.
Bill horny, dusky black at tip, paler at base of upper mandible; cere pale-mauve; naked part of neck delicate bluish-white, occasionally shaded pink; irides brown ; legs creamy-white.
The whole body, including the wings, is a rich, very dark, chocolate-brown, beneath darker; quills and tail nearly black; ruff conspicuous, dense, feathers lengthened and lanceolate, rather lighter in color than the back; lores, cheeks, chin, throat, and crown covered with dark-brown fur-like feathers, sparse below but dense and soft on the upper parts of the head.
This fine Vulture is comparatively rare; it has not as yet been recorded from the Deccan or South Mahratta country. Butler only observed a single specimen in Guzerat, Murray states it to be a winter visitant to Sind, and Jerdon notes its occurrence in Central India, where I have myself occasionally met with it.
Of its nidification in this country nothing appears to be known.