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Chinese Birds 2013, 4(4) 328-331 DOI:   10.5122/cbirds.2013.0027  ISSN: 1674-7674 CN: 11-5870/Q

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Himalayan Griffon
conservation status
Chao LIU
Zhiping HUO
Xiaoping YU
Article by Chao LIU
Article by Zhiping HUO
Article by Xiaoping YU

Population and conservation status of the Himalayan Griffon (Gyps himalayensis) at the Drigung Thel Monastery, Tibet, China

Chao LIU, Zhiping HUO, Xiaoping YU *

College of Life Sciences, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China


The Himalayan Griffon (Gyps himalayensis), occurring mainly in the Tibetan Plateau, is one of the scavengers of Old World vultures. As of now, knowledge about the Himalayan Griffon in China remains scarce. Estimates of its number, habitat, and conservation status were carried out in 2003, 2009 and 2102 in the Lhasa River Valley, where we paid particular attention to the population living at the Drigung Thel Monastery, Mzizhokunggar County. The resident species occupies alpine meadows in the daytime and roosts at the upper parts of cliffs at night between 4400–5000 m elevation. The number of individual birds of the Himalayan Griffon around the monastery was estimated as 230 in 2003, 250 in 2009 and 200 in 2012. This population is considered relatively stable, thanks to the current conservation measures by Buddhist monks and local people. Given the lack of any baseline information, it is difficult for us to recommend and provide any effective conservation measures.

Keywords Himalayan Griffon   habitat   population   conservation status  
Received 2013-02-16 Revised  Online: 2013-07-08 
DOI: 10.5122/cbirds.2013.0027
Corresponding Authors: Xiaoping Yu
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