Also known as Eurasian griffon. White head, neck, and collar; sandy-brown body; dark tail. Identifiable from below by its large, fingered wings that have a light leading-edge and a contrasting dark trailing-edge. Juveniles are paler than adults.
Spends most of its time soaring in search of dead animals. Scavenges in flocks and forms loose colonies. Capable of soaring as high as 9,000 meters and diving as fast as 160 km/h. Lacks sense of smell; locates carcasses by sight. Lacks a sharp bill; waits for other scavengers to open carcasses.
Griffon vultures scavenge carcasses.
Occurs in declining numbers in the rocky valleys of western Jordan, including Wadi Mujib and Wadi Dana. Nests on cliff ledges and caves.