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Gyps himalayensis Hume, 1869 – Himalayan Vulture

Taxonomic Notes:

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/)


Nesting/juveniles:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Identification:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

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).

References:
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.


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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bhavanarayeni, R. and A. Bayani. 2020. Gyps himalayensis Hume, 1869 – Himalayan Vulture. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
http://www.birdsofindia.org/sp/1076/Gyps-himalayensis
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