Species Details

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Himalayan Griffon Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Gyps himalayensis
Family : Accipitridae
Order : Accipitriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Himalayan Vulture
Habitat : Villages
Description : The Himalayan Vulture is the largest bird of the Himalayas (adult bird length approximately 122 cm, wing 78 cm, bill 7.5 cm, tarsus 12 cm, tail 38 cm). It looks sandy-brown, with its bare head and neck covered with whitish down. Its legs and feet are dingy greenish-grey or white. It feeds on carcass and offal. They have been observed using nests made by bearded vultures. They can nest in close proximity to other vulture species without conflict, which is unusual as interspecies nesting often leads to aggression and attacks. They typically lay a single white egg with red splotches. Egg laying dates vary but can occur between December and March in northern India. The eggs are coarse and oval-shaped, measuring around 87 to 103.6 mm in height and 65 to 74 mm in width. The incubation period in captivity is approximately 54-58 days, and the young birds remain with their parents for six to seven months.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Tomas Carlberg(www.xeno-canto.org/Tomas Carlberg), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.