White plumage (often soiled); black flight feathers; bare, pointed, yellow head; hooked, black-tipped bill.
Solitary or in pairs; roost and feeds communally. Scavenges after other larger vultures. Nests on cliffs.
Scavenges the internal organs of dead animals, and preys on small animals.
Migrates south through Jordan in autumn and north in spring. Small numbers breed in Jordan in summer in the Dead Sea region, Petra, and Wadi Araba. Nests on cliffs.