Cinereous Vulture
Aegypius monachus

29 April 2009

Full Species (monotypic); i.e. no subspecies/races
Aegypius monachus; Linnaeus, 1766

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Cinereous Vulture, Aegypius monachus, Juvenile
Near Ramdevra, near Jaisalmer, Rajasthen, India, 1 March 2009
Juvenile in flight


1190. Vultur monachus. The Cinereous Vulture.

Vultur monachus, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 122 (1766); Blyth, Cat. p. 32; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 1 ; Jerdon, B. I. i, p. 6; id. Ibis, 1871, p. 234; Hume, Rough Notes, p. 1; A. Anderson, P. Z. S. 1871, p. 675; Adam, S. F. i, p. 367; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. i, p. 3; Butler, S. F. iii, p. 441; v, p. 226; Blanford, S. F. v, p. 245; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 321; id. Cat. no. 1 ; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 217 ; Barnes, S. F. ix, pp. 214, 450; C. H. T. Marshall, Ibis, 1884, p. 405; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 2; St. John, Ibis, 1889, p. 149.

Distribution. Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and eastward through South-western Asia and parts of Central Asia to India and China. In India this bird is resident in Afghanistan and the Himalayas, and visits North-western India in the cold season, having been observed in the Punjab, Sind, North-west Provinces, and Oude, Guzerat near Ahmedabad, Mhow, and Saugor. It ranges in the Himalayas as far east as Bhutan.

Habits, &c. Those of the family. The nesting does not appear to have been recorded within Indian limits, though there can be no doubt that this bird breeds in the Himalayas. In Europe it breeds about February or March, sometimes on cliffs, more often in trees ; builds a huge nest of sticks, and lays a single egg (very rarely two) richly marked with dark red, and measuring about 3.7 by 2.6.


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