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About the Himalayan Vulture

Also known as: Himalayan Griffon, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Kumai Vulture, Snow Griffon, Snow Vulture

The Himalayan Vulture is a very large Old World species of vulture that lives in higher elevations surrounding the Himalayan Mountains. They are also known as Himalayan Griffons.

The Himalayan Vulture have creamy overall plumage, with contrasting dark brown flight and tail feathers. It has a white ruff around the neck. Much of the neck and head is covered in fine white downy feathers, though the face is bare (as an adaptation to hygiene).

Himalayan Vultures have a conservation status of Near Threatened as of November 2014, with a population considered to be stable.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 27 August 2012
Scientific Name Gyps himalayensis
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Gyps
  • G. himalayensis
Birdorable Family Vultures & Condors
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
102 to 120 inches
288 to 416 ounces
Range Central Asia


From IUCN Red List:
The Himalayan Vulture is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2014 by BirdLife International. This species has been uplisted to Near Threatened on the basis that it is suspected that it will undergo a moderately rapid population decline over the next three generations owing to the impacts of diclofenac use in livestock, a drug that has caused drastic declines in other Gyps species and appears to be fatal to this species when ingested. The distribution of this species and existing efforts to reduce diclofenac use may limit the impacts.

International Names

  • 高山兀鹫 (Chinese)
  • sup himálajský (Czech)
  • Himalayagrib (Danish)
  • Himalayagier (Dutch)
  • himalajankorppikotka (Finnish)
  • Vautour de l'Himalaya (French)
  • Schneegeier (German)
  • Grifone dell'Himalaya (Italian)
  • ヒマラヤハゲワシ [himarayashiroerihagewashi] (Japanese)
  • Himalayagribb (Norwegian)
  • sep himalajski (Polish)
  • Снежный гриф (Russian)
  • Buitre del Himalaya (Spanish)
  • Snögam (Swedish)

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