Tuesday, February 14, 2012

>Gyps himalayensis (Himalayan Vulture)

Himalayan Vulture

Himalayan (Griffon) Vulture
Conservation status
Scientific classification
(or Accipitriformes, q.v.)
Species:G. himalayensis
Binomial name
Gyps himalayensis
Hume, 1869

Juvenile in flight
The Himalayan Vulture or Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis) is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagleskites,buzzards and hawks. It is closely related to theEuropean Griffon VultureG. fulvus.
Adults are 103–150 cm (41–59 in) long, have a span of 260–310 cm (8.5–10.2 ft) across the wings and weigh 8–12 kg (18–26 lb).Among extant birds of prey only the Cinereous Vulture approaches similar dimensions. It breeds on crags in mountains in the Himalayas andTibet, 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.

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