Neophron ginginianus

Neophron ginginianus, Lath.

6. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 12; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol: III; p. 442 ; Deccan and South Mahratta country; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 369 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 64 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 54 ; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 31.


Length, 26 to 29 ; wing, 19; tail, 9 to 10 ; tarsus, 3 ; bill from gape, 2.5.

Bill horny-brown ; cere ; and face turmeric-yellow; irides reddish-brown ; legs and feet yellowish-white.

Adult: yellowish or creamy-white ; quills black; neck feathers long, lanceolate, and tinged rusty; secondaries dark brown, ashy-white at base.

The young bird has the plumage dirty-brown, with the quills blackish-brown; the back and rump albescent or tawny; the inner edge of the secondaries and of some of the primaries cinereous; the nude parts of head and cere greyish; feet cinereous.

In an intermediate stage the birds are mottled-brown and white.

The White Scavenger Vulture is another very common species, and is found throughout the whole district; it breeds during March and April, generally on trees but occasionally on rocky cliffs, old buildings and such like places. It makes a large nest of twigs, lined with old rags and rubbish; straggling, if built on a cliff or a building :- rather more compact if on a tree. In the latter situation, the nest is generally placed at the junction of a large limb with the trunk, but sometimes on a horizontal branch, very rarely in a fork. The eggs, two in number, are very handsome ; they are somewhat chalky in texture, greyish-white in color, richly blotched and clouded with deep brownish-red. They vary much in shape, size and color.

They average 2.6 inches in length by 1.98 in breadth.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Neophron ginginianus
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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White Scavenger Vulture
Neophron percnopterus ginginianus

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