Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Eurasian Griffon (Gyps fulvus) - HBW 2, p. 127

French: Vautour fauve German: Gänsegeier Spanish: Buitre Leonado
Other common names: Griffon Vulture

Taxonomy: Vultur fulvus Hablizl, 1783, Samamisian Alps, Gilan, Iran.
Sometimes considered conspecific with G. coprotheres; also occasionally with G. himalayensis. Forms superspecies with G. coprotheres and probably with G. rueppellii; possibly also with G. himalayensis and G. indicus. Population of Punjab Salt Range (Pakistan), erroneously described as G. indicus jonesi, actually belongs to race fulvescens of present species. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • fulvus (Hablizl, 1783) - NW Africa and Iberian Peninsula E through Balkans, Turkey, Middle East, Arabia and Iran to Pamirs and Altai.
  • fulvescens Hume, 1869 - Afghanistan, Pakistan and N India E to Assam.