A regal raptor of steppes, valleys, and mountainous regions, this large scavenger is fairly common throughout most of its range. Adult is sandy brown with a pale, featherless head. When in flight, the bird has black primaries and a small-headed, squared-winged appearance. Usually seen singly or in small groups; gathers in large flocks at a carcass. The principal scavenger at Tibetan sky burials.