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.

THE WHITE SCAVENGER VULTURE.

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.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Neophron ginginianus
Spp Author: 
Lath.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
7
Common name: 
White Scavenger Vulture
M_ID: 
2571
M_SN: 
Neophron percnopterus ginginianus
id: 
11170

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