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.