Gyps himalayensis Hume, 1869 - Himalayan Vulture

Subspecies in India

This is also known as the Himalayan Griffon.
 
This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)

 

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This species is uncommon. It inhabits grasslands of mountainous regions (1,200m-5,500m). It is migratory, breeding in Kazakhstan, China, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and India (mainly in the Himalaya), wintering in Cambodia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. It mainly forages on carrion (BirdLife International 2017).
 
Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)


According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is stable, with the current population estimate of 66,000-334,000 individuals. The major threat to this species is the ingestion of highly toxic Diclofenac (an NSAID used for livestock). Other threats include nesting habitat degradation and ingestion of deleterious pesticides and fungicides (BirdLife International 2017).
 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh11
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka1
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh111
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan1
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand1262
West Bengal
Total2311263
BirdLife International 2017. Gyps himalayensis (amended version of 2017 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22695215A118594518.
https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22695215A118594518.en. Accessed on 15 February 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Gyps himalayensis Hume, 1869 – Himalayan Vulture. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/gyps-himalayensis, accessed 2024/06/25.