Common name for a diurnal bird of prey, which is found in southern Asia,
as well as in southern Europe and parts of Africa.
white, with black flight feathers, and a yellowish naked face, and long buffish
feathers around the neck. The bill is long and slender, and the tip of the upper
mandible is bent downward, while the nostril is an elongated horizontal slit.
It has the scientific designation
Neophron percnopterus and besides the nominate race, there are several
subspecies, including Neophron
percnopterus percnopterus and Neophron percnopterus ginginianus. While the
former subspecies has a
yellowish bill with a black tip,
the latter has an all pale bill. Both
subspecies are found on the Indian subcontinent, with
Neophron percnopterus percnopterus
mainly in the Northwest and Neophron
percnopterus ginginianus occurring all over the Indian
See also WILDLIFE PICTURES.