Gyps indicus.

Gyps indicus.

Key to Subspecies.

A.Crown of head well covered with hair-like feathers.
A.Smaller, wing under 680 mm..............................G. t. indicus, p. 16.
B.Larger, wing over 690 mm..............................G. i. jonesi, p. 18,
B.Crown of head almost or quite bare..............................G. i. nudiceps, p. 17.

It is with some doubt I retain G. i. jonesi as a race of indicus as it differs in several respects from that bird, notably in its heavy bill and tarsus. Further material may show that it is entitled to specific rank but at present there are only three specimens available for examination. Its large bill and powerful feet show a close affinity to Gyps fulvus and it may be that it is a dark race of this species inhabiting the hill ranges of the Punjab, though it would be very remarkable for an isolated race to occupy an area in the centre of that of another race. The name tenuirostris of Hume cannot be used for the Northern race of this Vulture. Tenuiceps of Hodgson is a nomen nudum and Grey (1846) again gives it as a nomen nudum. Next Grey gives both tenuiceps and tenuirostris as synonyms of indicus (Hand-List, i, p. 2, 1869), so that it was not available for Hume to use in 1878. I, therefore, have given it the new name of G. i. nudiceps, referring to its extraordinarily bald head and neck.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
Gyps indicus.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Page No: 
Indian Vulture
Gyps indicus
Vol. 5
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