711. Gyps himalayensis

711. Himalayan Griffon.
Gyps himalayensis. Hume, Bough Notes, p. 12 (1869) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. i. p. 8 ; Blanford, F, Brit. Ind. Birds, iii. p. 321 ; G. nivicola, Severtzoff. Turk. Jevot, p. 111. pl. vii. (1873).
Zaigan Tasso, Mongol. ; Gutincar, Tangut.
Male ad. (Nepal). Differs chiefly from G. fulvus in having the shaft- stripes on the lower plumage very broad and the fourth, and not the third primary longest ; upper parts pale isabelline white tinged with brown, and with obsolete pale shaft-stripes, the lower back whitish, the rump and upper tail-coverts buff ; quills and tail blackish brown, the inner secondaries fulvous at the tips ; crop-patch brownish with paler stripes ; rest of under parts light brownish buff with broad whitish shaft stripes ; under tail-coverts pale buff ; bill pale horny green ; cere pale brown ; legs dingy greenish grey ; iris brownish yellow. Culmen 3.7, wing 30, tail 15.5, tarsus 4.6 inch. Sexes alike. The young are dark brown strongly striped with whitish, and the wing and tail-feathers are nearly black.
Hab. The Himalayas from Cabul to Bhutan, Turkestan, Kan-su, Koko-nor, and Northern Tibet.
Is essentially a mountain bird, only descending to lower altitudes when compelled to do so in search of food, and in its general habits it agrees closely with G. fulvus. It breeds at high altitudes from late in December to early in March, con¬structing a platform of sticks in the most inaccessible parts of the rocks, usually on the face of a cliff, and occasionally it will take possession of a deserted Eagle’s nest. Only a single egg is deposited, which is greyish white usually blotched and stained with reddish brown, and measures about 3.76 by 2.75.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
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711. Gyps himalayensis
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H. E. Dresser
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Himalayan Griffon
Himalayan Vulture
Gyps himalayensis
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