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Gyps himalayensis

Gyps himalayensis, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Falconiformes
Familia: Accipitridae
Subfamilia: Aegypiinae
Genus: Gyps
Species: Gyps himalayensis


Gyps himalayensis Hume, 1869

Gyps himalayensis, Photo: Michael Lahanas


* Rough Notes p.12,15

Vernacular names
Česky: Sup himálajský
Deutsch: Schneegeier
English: Himalayan Griffon
Español: Buitre del Himalaya
Magyar: Havasi fakókeselyű
Polski: Sęp himalajski

The Himalayan Vulture or Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is closely related to the European Griffon Vulture, G. fulvus.

Adults are 103–130 cm (41-51 inches) long, have a wingspan of 260–310 cm (102-122 inches) across the wings and weigh 8–12 kg (18-26.4 lbs).[1] They are the second largest Old World vulture, behind only the Cinereous Vulture in size.

It breeds on crags in mountains in the Himalayas and Tibet, laying a single egg. Birds may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident.

Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of animals, which it finds by soaring over open areas and mountains. These birds often move in flocks.

The Himalayan Griffon Vulture is a typical vulture, with a bald white head, very broad wings, and short tail feathers. It is even larger than the European Griffon Vulture. It has a white neck ruff and yellow bill. The whitish body and wing coverts contrast with the dark flight feathers.

This vulture grunts and hisses at roosts or when feeding on carrion.


1. ^ http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-himalayan-griffon-vulture.html


* BirdLife International (2004). Gyps himalayensis. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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