Brown head and upperparts; white, brown-streaked underparts; brown wing-tips; barred underwings; banded tail; yellow eyes. Some are paler and have white heads.
Attacks prey from a soaring position. Nests in trees.
Reptiles and small mammals.
Migrates south through Jordan in autumn and north in spring. Some breed in western Jordan in summer, including Dana Nature Reserve and Ajloun. Nests in trees.