Genus GYPS

This genus contains several species, and includes several of the common Indian Vultures. The head is narrower and the bill longer than in the two preceding genera; the naked neck is longer, and there is a well-marked ruff at the base of the naked portion. The nostril is very narrow and vertically (transversely) or obliquely elongate. This genus, too, is distinguished from the other Vultures by having 14 tail-feathers.

Species of Gyps are found throughout Africa, Southern and South-eastern Europe, South-western and Central Asia, India and Burma. Four species occur within our limits.

Key to the Species.

a. Larger: wing 27-31 inches.
a1. Third primary longest; lower plumage with narrow shaft-stripes ………………………G. fulvus, p. 320.
b1. Fourth primary longest; shaft-stripes on lower plumage very broad ………………………G. himalayensis, p. 321.
b. Smaller: wing 22-25.5 ; bill more slender.
c1. Crown of head with scattered hairs ………………………G. indicus, p. 322.
d1. Crown of head quite naked ………………………G. tenuirostris, p. 323.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Genus GYPS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
319
M_ID: 
2643
M_SN: 
Gyps
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1675

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