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The Himalayan griffon vulture is a massive bird, the largest and heaviest bird in the Himalaya, weighing up to 28 pounds (12.5 kg). Can you guess the length of that wingspan? Here’s another hint, since there’s no point of reference in the blue sky—they stand about 3.5-4 ft. tall on the ground.
Scavengers are a critical part of any ecosystem, and on the Tibetan Plateau, these birds play an additional role, also essential. With little wood, and hard, rocky, permafrost earth, neither cremation nor burial is a practical method to deal with human remains. Consequently, Tibetans use the process known as sky burial to handle human remains—the body of the deceased is cut up by a team of under-taker lamas, who feed the meat to the vultures, even grinding up the bones so that every piece of the body is consumed. This is seen as a final good deed by the deceased, offering his/her body to benefit other sentient beings (the vultures). As a result of this practice, vultures are deeply revered by Tibetan and considered a sacred animal.
When these vultures take off, especially after a big meal, they really have to work for it. If they’re full, they basically need to walk up a hill in order to take off by running down again. But, once they are airborne, their flight appears effortless. They circle and glide for hours on end without once flapping their wings, just making tiny adjustments of their feathers and wing angles and working with the thermals produced by the topography and weather. I’m not a scientist or an engineer, so it’s just completely my own theory, but they seem to actually sense the air currents with those beautiful out-stretched feathers on the tips of their wings. One thing is certain—they are true masters of the sky.
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Mission 💯
My idea of this Mission 💯 is to identify and understand behavior of 100 species of birds found in India.

30: Himalayan griffon (ಹಿಮಾಲಯದ ರಣಹದ್ದು)
SN: Gyps himalayensis
CS: Near Threatened
The Himalayan vulture or Himalayan griffon vulture is an Old World vulture closely related to the European griffon vulture, this species is found along the Himalayas and the adjoining Tibetan Plateau. It is one of the two largest Old World vultures and true raptors.
Adults have a ruff that is long and pale brown with white streaks. The ruff feathers are long and spiky. Weight in Himalayan vultures can range from reportedly as little as 6kg to as much as 12kg and measurements vary from 2.56 to 3m.
The Himalayan vulture perches on crags, favourite sites showing white marks from regular defecation. They tend to not range below an elevation of 1,215 m.
Flocks may follow grazers up the mountains in their search for dead animals. This vulture makes a rattling sound when descending on a carcass and can grunt or hiss at roosts or when feeding on carrion.
Himalayan vultures regularly fed on human corpses left out on Celestial burial grounds.In a large party, these vultures can reportedly strip a human or sheep carcass of all meat in 30 minutes and do the same to a yak carcass in roughly 120 minutes.
The breeding season begins in January. The nest is a platform of sticks placed on an inaccessible ledge on a cliff.A single white egg marked with red splotches is the usual clutch.
Himalayan vultures are susceptible to toxicity induced by diclofenac, a drug whose residues in domestic animal carcasses has led to rapid declines in populations of other Gyps vultures across Asia.
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The portrait of a Himalayan Griffon Vulture.

Clicked this photograph at Sethan village where a group of vultures were feasting on a dead cow. We were lucky as we got really close to these rare and unique species. We were at the spot for an hour inspite of the stench, it was almost as we were hypnotized by these beautiful creatures.
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Know your birds... Himalayan Griffon. Whenever I see an animal or bird I go "awwww"; that didn't happen when I saw these huge vultures. Instead, I applauded. Vulture population is declining in general and it's not a good news...not at all. Vultures are carnivores and scavengers and feed mainly on carrion of freshly killed animals. When in group, they can strip clean a carcass in 30minutes or less. Meaning, less dead and decay in our environment. They even feed on infected carcass thus reducing the possibilities of diseases in other scavenging animals (rabies people, rabies!) Vultures also eat scraps from human habitats.
Vultures are IMPORTANT. Period.
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Alpha scavenger. The Himalayan Griffon Vulture isn't too rare here in Himachal Pradesh, considering the number of abandoned cows (and other animals) meeting untimely deaths. But, always awesome to see them. This one was waiting for a carcass to be cleared from the road, before resuming his/her meal.

I keep thinking up Vulture related names for boulder problems. Maybe a full sector of that theme one day.

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Juvenile Himalayan Griffon that had come in earlier this year with an old injury and some muscle damage in the wing. He was found wandering near some fields. Released after over a month of physio and rehabilitation. The young bird had to make a long journey back home to the mountains in the North, making stamina and muscle building even more important and more challenging in such a large bird.
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-Himalayan griffon vulture chasing a Himalayan jungle crow while gliding atop the air above the triund peak
-The mighty and the feeble
-My sixteenth photograph from my triund visit .
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Birds of Hathipaon | Himalayan Griffon| 04/11
A series of commissioned illustrations for Seegreen Cafe & Lodge in Hathipaon, Mussoorie.
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#NatureThoughts 2: Himalayan Griffon Vulture is one of the largest and heaviest birds found in the Himalayas. The distribution extends from the northwestern region of Afghanistan to southern mountains in Bhutan. Like the Indian Vulture (which remains Critically Endangered today), Himalayan Griffon Vultures are also susceptible to toxicity induced by diclofenac making them fall in IUCN list NT (Near Threatened). Vultures are an extremely important part of our ecosystem and extinction of any of these species can lead to severe damage to the food chain and finally the ecosystem. #himalayangriffon #vulture #himalayas #diclofenackills #birdsofhimalayas


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We spend such of long times together... I hear you from my hills in the morning , Calling me to come in your Home
I alaways call you if Loose my way in your mountains
You answer me with your dance up to my eyes , and flight to the right directions.

I know who you are now
My dear Himalayan Griffon
Guardians of Himalayas.
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Enroute to patnitop spotted a group of Himalyan Griffon Vulture enjoying their meal and a Crow in midst trying to grab a bite #himalayangriffon #himalayanvulture #griffonsofinstagram #griffonvulture #griffonvultures #patnitop


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Walk in the woods ft. Feathers #himalayangriffon #vulturefeathers #burlapcommunion #himalayas


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Spotted a group of Himalayan Griffon Vultures enjoying their meal enroute to Patnitop #himalayanvulture #himalayangriffon #griffonsofinstagram #griffonvulture #griffonvultures #patnitop


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Some 20 kms before Rohru.. where I spotted two of these giant birds - a metre high when not flying and when they fly then measure almost 2.5 - 2.8 metres - were next to a fresh bovine carcass.This is a huge vulture,and is perhaps the largest and heaviest bird found in the Himalayas. Adults have a ruff that is long and pale brown with white streaks. The ruff feathers are long and spiky. The head is covered in down which is yellowish in adults but whitish in immature vultures. The underside and under-wing coverts are quite pale brown or buff, being almost white in some specimens.The legs are covered with buffy feathers and the feet can vary from greenish grey to white.
It’s now so rare to come across these creatures which so common till mid nineties (20+) years ago. Along with the bearded vulture. This species has survived what we could term as the great Indian vulture crisis apparently caused by pain killers given to cattle which eventually become the primary food for vultures.
THREATS➡️➡️➡️➡️ Himalayan vultures are susceptible to toxicity induced by #diclofenac, a drug whose residues in domestic animal carcasses has led to rapid declines in populations of other Gyps vultures across Asia.The Himalayan griffon vulture populations have however not shown signs of rapid decline although reductions in nesting birds have been noted in some parts of its range in Nepal.
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#humansofhimalayas to get featured ・・・ Himalayan Griffon probably flying near the lofty Himalayan ranges

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Himalayan Griffon - Gyps himalayensis On my way back from Spiti, I chose less travelled road from Rampur Bushahr to Dehradoon. On this windy and small road, some 20 kms before Rohru was where I spotted two of these giant birds - a metre high when not flying and when they fly then measure almost 2.5 - 2.8 metres - were next to a fresh bovine carcass. It’s now so rare to come across these creatures which so common till mid nineties (20+) years ago. Along with the bearded vulture. This species has survived what we could term as the great Indian vulture crisis apparently caused by pain killers given to cattle which eventually become the primary food for vultures.

Sungri, Rohru, Himachal
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Where the himalayan griffons fly over the mounains high.

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Himalayan Griffon, one of the largest vultures and birds of prey
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On a walk to Rackcham village got this beautiful shot of Himalayan Griffon Vulture taking off from a cliff. (C) T. Narayan Photography
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Last month, ten Himalayan Griffon vultures were brought to CWRC (the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation, IFAW-WTI and the Assam Forest Department’s wildlife rescue, treatment and rehabilitation facility near Kaziranga National Park) in a case of suspected carcass poisoning.

On April 5 they were released into their home range in Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary.

IFAW-WTI and the Assam Forest Department also held awareness meetings in two fringe villages of Laokhowa WLS, to sensitise the local communities about the ecological importance of vultures.

More details here: http://www.wti.org.in/news/poisoned-himalayan-griffon-vultures-treated-and-sent-back-into-the-wild/

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#didyouknow - Himalayan Griffon is one of the two largest Old World vultures and true raptors.They are commonly found in the Himalayan & Tibet belt.If you are lucky enough you can catch their glimpse at one of our lodges!

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Big vulture shows how to do a dynamic full stall.. :D #paragliding #paraglidinghimalayas #goproindia #himalayangriffon #paraglidingindia


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A committee of juvenile Eurasian Griffon (top) and juvenile Himalayan Griffons resting after a good feeding session at Suhaildev Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh.

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Himalayan Griffon & Eurasian Griffon

Major photobomb by Himalayan Griffon. His timing was weird. Anyway, enjoy this awkwardly cropped yet beautiful picture of a dramatic Himalayan Griffon and the prim &proper Eurasian Griffon.
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'Vultures are the most righteous of birds: they do not attack even the smallest living creature.' -Plutarch

A Himalayan Griffon flies near Mt.Fishtail.

Nepali Name: हिमाली गिद्ध (Himali Gidda)

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...а вообще я белый и пушистый! 😇
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THE HIMALAYAN GRIFFON VULTURE (Gyps himalayensis)- a rare sight
Throwback to the perfect morning at Triund
Witnessed these rare vultures right above our camp
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Here is a Himalayan Griffon Vulture that I took a picture of at at a Falconry Centre. Thanks for looking. #griffonvulture #himalayangriffon #vulture #birdsofpreyphotography #birdsofprey #birds #animals #naturephotography #canon #photography #


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