1198. Neophron percnopterus

1198. Neophron percnopterus.

The Egyptian Vulture, or Large White Scavenger Vulture.

Vultur percnopterus, L. Syst. Nat. i, p. 123 (1766). Neophron percnopterus, Blyth, Cat. p. 33, partim; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 6, pt.; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. i, p. 17 ; Brooks, Ibis, 1869, p. 43; 1870, p. 290; Jerdon, Ibis, 1871, p. 236; Barnes, S. F. ix, pp. 214, 450; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 38; St. John, Ibis, 1889, p. 160.

This is precisely similar to the last, except that it is rather larger, with much larger feet and toes, and it always has the bill dusky, never yellow ; the cere is reddish yellow, darker than the cheeks, and the claws blackish horny.

Length about 26 ; tail 10 ; wing 19 ; tarsus 3.3; mid-toe without claw 2.6.

Distribution. This replaces the last species in the extreme North-west of India, and is the common bird of the Punjab, Sind, and Cutch, extending east to Delhi; farther east than this yellow-billed birds prevail. N. percnopterus ranges through Baluchistan, Afghanistan, and Persia to Egypt and Southern Europe, and has an extensive range in Africa. The occurrence of a single bird was observed by Biddulph at Gilgit. Of course, there is some passage between the two Neophrons, which are mere geographical races scarcely deserving specific distinction.

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: 
1198. Neophron percnopterus
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
1198
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
327
Common name: 
Egyptian Vulture Or Large White Scavenger Vulture
M_ID: 
2570
M_CN: 
Egyptian Vulture
M_SN: 
Neophron percnopterus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
1684

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