Genus NEOPHRON

Bill slender, lengthened, the culmen straight at first, greatly hooked at the tip ; cere very long ; nostrils elongate, horizontal; crown and sides of head, chin, throat, and upper fore-neck naked ; neck surrounded by a ruff of hackles, which extend up to the nape and round all the lower part of the neck ; crop naked; wings long, pointed, the third quill longest; tail wedge-shaped. Third and fourth toes much united at the base by membrane; claws sharper than in other Vultures.

The habits and flight of these birds differ much from those of the preceding Vulturine genera. Neophron inhabits Africa, Southern Europe, and South-western Asia, including the Indian Peninsula. Two species are known, both Indian. The African Vultur pileatus, often referred to Neophron, belongs to a distinct genus, Necrosyrtes, Gloger.

Key to the Species.

a. Bill yellow in adults ………………………N. ginginianus, p. 326.
b. Bill dark horny at all ages ………………………N. percnopterus, p. 327.

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: 
Genus NEOPHRON
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
325
M_ID: 
2569
M_SN: 
Neophron
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1682

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