Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Long-billed Vulture (Gyps indicus) - HBW 2, p. 127

French: Vautour indien German: D├╝nnschnabelgeier Spanish: Buitre Picofino

Taxonomy: Vultur indicus Scopoli, 1786, India.
May form superspecies with G. himalayensis, G. fulvus, G. coprotheres and G. rueppellii. Race tenuirostris sometimes considered separate species because of differences in plumage and nest substrate, but further research required to justify this split. Birds of Punjab hills erroneously ascribed separate race, jonesi; this population actually belongs to G. fulvus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tenuirostris G. R. Gray, 1844 - lower Himalayas, from Kashmir through Nepal to Assam, and SE into Indochina and N Malay Peninsula.
  • indicus (Scopoli, 1786) - SE Pakistan and India S of R Ganges, except extreme S.