Genus GYPS

Genus GYPS.

Gyps Savigny, Descrip. de i'Egypte, Ois., i, pp. 8, 11 (1809),

Type, Gyps vulgaris Savigny = G. fulvus fulvus Habl.

The genus Gyps is distinguished from Sarcogyps in having no earlappets ; the head is narrower and longer in proportion and the bill more slender and longer; the nostril is very narrow and vertical or slightly oblique; the ruff at the base of the neck is well developed, consisting of long, narrow feathers. From Sarcogyps as from all other Indian Vultures, it is also separated by possessing fourteen tail-feathers.

The genus is represented throughout Africa, Southern Europe, South-West and Central Asia.

Key to Species.

A.Bill larger and less slender; depth of base of bill equal to length of cere.
a.Lower plumage with narrow shaft-stripes................G. fulvus, p. 11.
b.Lower plumage with broad shaft-stripes................G. himalayensis, p. 13.
B.Bill smaller and more slender; depth of base less than length of cere...............G. indicus, p. 15.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
Genus GYPS
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1928
Page No: 
10
M_ID: 
2643
M_SN: 
Gyps
Volume: 
Vol. 5
Term name: 
id: 
4284

Add new comment

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith