1717. Gypaetus barbatus altaicus

(1717) Gypaetus barbatus altaicus Sharpe.
THE ALTAI BEARDED VULTURE.
Gypaetus barbatum altaicus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 29.
This Central Asian Lammergeyer is found from Turkestan to the Altai and Tianschan and South to Tibet. Hume records it as resi¬dent in the Lingzi Plateau, Ladak, at over 17,000 feet, and Osmaston also records Bearded Vultures in Ladak between 14,000 and 10,000 feet, whilst members of the Everest Expedition saw these birds soaring at an elevation of over 24,000 feet.
Nothing is recorded of its nidification. A pair of birds bred for some years in North Cachar whose pale coloration and large size—the wing of one bird was 890 mm.—seemed to point to their being of this race, though the elevation, not over 6,000 feet, was against it.
Macdonald obtained one egg for me in Tibet. This was said to have been taken from a huge nest consisting “of a pile of sticks and much rubbish built on a ledge near the top of a small cliff,” Mr, Macdonald adds : “this was taken on the 29th February at about 14,000 feet on the cliffs above Gyantse Plain. I have not been able to get you any more, as the Tibetans will not climb these cliffs when there is still snow on them, and at this time there was snow everywhere.”
The egg was quite fresh when taken but is a rather poorly marked one. The ground is a greyish-yellow and the whole surface is faintly stippled and mottled with grey and pale neutral tint. In shape it is the usual rather broad oval with a fairly smooth texture and without any of the corrugations often to be seen in the eggs of the preceding bird. It measures 85.0 x 65.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1717. Gypaetus barbatus altaicus
Spp Author: 
Sharpe.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1717
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
23
Common name: 
Altai Bearded Vulture
M_ID: 
2566
M_SN: 
Gypaetus barbatus aureus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
14894

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