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Gyps africanus Torgos tracheliotus.jpg
Lappet-faced vultures (left) and a white-backed vulture
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Aegypiinae

See text.

The Aegypiinae is one of two subfamilies of Old World vultures, the other being the Gypaetinae.


Subfamily Genus Common and binomial names Image Range
Aegypiinae Aegypius Cinereous vulture
Aegypius monachus
Black Vulture 1.jpg Southwestern and central Europe, Turkey, the central Middle East, northern India, central and east Asia
Aegypius jinniushanensis Formerly China
Aegypius prepyrenaicus Formerly Spain
Gyps Griffon vulture
Gyps fulvus
Белоглав лешояд - 1.jpg Mountains in southern Europe, north Africa and Asia
White-rumped vulture
Gyps bengalensis
Gyps bengalensis PLoS.png Northern and central India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and southeast Asia
Rüppell's vulture
Gyps rueppelli
Gyps rueppellii -Nairobi National Park, Kenya-8-4c.jpg The Sahel region of central Africa
Indian vulture
Gyps indicus
The Indian Vulture (Gyps indicus) or Long-billed Vulture.jpg Central and peninsular India
Slender-billed vulture
Gyps tenuirostris
Gyps tenuirostris.png The Sub-Himalayan regions of India and into Southeast Asia
Himalayan vulture
Gyps himalayensis
Himalayan Vulture (by a road) (2926948182).jpg The Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau
White-backed vulture
Gyps africanus
White-backed Vulture Chobe.jpg Savannahs of west and east Africa
Cape vulture
Gyps coprotheres
Cape Vulture - Giant Castle - South-Africa 010002 (15444476446).jpg Southern Africa
Necrosyrtes Hooded vulture
Necrosyrtes monachus
Vulture in Tanzania 3118 cropped Nevit.jpg Sub-Saharan Africa
Sarcogyps Red-headed vulture
Sarcogyps calvus
Red-headed or King Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) Bharatpur, India. (254).jpg The Indian Subcontinent, with small disjunct populations in Southeast Asia
Torgos Lappet-faced vulture
Torgos tracheliotos
Nubianvulture.jpeg Sub-Saharan Africa, the Sinai and Negev deserts and north-west Saudi Arabia
Trigonoceps White-headed vulture
Trigonoceps occipitalis
Trigonoceps occipitalis -Kruger National Park, South Africa -flying-8.jpg Sub-Saharan Africa. Extinct populations occur in Indonesia.[1]

† = extinct


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  1. ^ Hanneke J.M.; et al. "Continental-style avian extinctions on an oceanic island" (PDF). Retrieved 17 October 2018.