name = "Gyps"

image_caption = Griffon Vulture "Gyps fulvus"
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
ordo = Falconiformes
familia = Accipitridae
genus = "Gyps"
genus_authority = Savigny, 1809
subdivision_ranks = Species
subdivision = See text.

The "Gyps" vultures are a genus of Old World vultures in the bird family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks.

These are the typical vultures, with bald head, broad wings and mainly dark plumage. They are large scavenging birds, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals. Old World vultures find carcasses exclusively by sight. Representatives of this group are found throughout warmer parts of the Old World.

The characteristic featherless head is because a feathered head would become spattered with blood and other fluids, and thus be difficult to keep clean.


* Griffon Vulture "Gyps fulvus"
* Indian White-rumped Vulture, "Gyps bengalensis"
* Rüppell's Vulture, "Gyps rueppelli"
* Indian Vulture, "Gyps indicus" - formerly Long-billed Vulture
* Slender-billed Vulture, "Gyps tenuirostris" - formerly included in "G. indicus"
* Himalayan Griffon Vulture "Gyps himalayensis"
* White-backed Vulture, "Gyps africanus"
* Cape Griffon, "Gyps coprotheres"

There is another, prehistoric, species, known only from fossil remains found in Middle to Late Pleistocene sites all over the central and eastern Mediterranean: "Gyps melitensis" .

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