Vulturidae, Old World vultures, excluding Australia.
Among birds of prey, four vultures are found, including the common scavengers (Gyps indicus and G.
The fishing vulture (Gypohierax) is found in all the coast districts, but true vultures are almost entirely absent except from the north, where the small brown Percnopterus makes its appearance.
Thus he separates the birds of prey into three great groups - (I) the ordinary Diurnal forms, including the Falconidae and Vulturidae of the systematist of his time; but distinguishing the American Vultures from those of the Old World; (2) Gypogeranus, the secretary-bird; and (3) the owls (q.v.).
These are to be left on the appointed places (dakhmas) and exposed to the vultures and wild dogs.