The Griffon Vulture is a gliding more than a flying bird, as it barely moves it wings in the air. Its powerful vision locates any corpses in the area, and when it flies down to feed, it easily introduces its head and long neck, both of which have a very short down to which neither blood nor meat easily adheres.
On its back, the front of its wings and stomach, the plumage is cinnamon coloured. On the rest of the body it is dark brown. The bill, brown on top and yellow around the edges, is hooked and easily pulls off long strips of meat. Its feet are grey and quite weak. The principal threat factors are poisoning from eating poisoned bait placed illegally in the fields by hunters or livestock farmers for the purposes of controlling predators, lack of food due to EU regulations which oblige the removal of dead livestock, and loss of habitat.