The Himalayan vulture or Himalayan griffon vulture is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae. Closely related to the European griffon vulture and once considered a subspecies of it, this species is found along the. It is one of the two largest Old World vultures and true raptors.
The species is found mainly in the higher regions of the Himalayas, the Pamirs, Kazakhstan and on the Tibetan Plateau (technically in China), with northwestern limits of the breeding range being in Afghanistan and southern limits in Bhutan.
They have been recorded eating carrion exclusively.
The Himalayan vulture perches on crags, favorite sites showing white marks from regular defecation. They tend to not range below an elevation of 1,215 m (3,986 ft). Himalayan vultures often bask in the sun on rocks. They soar in thermals and are not capable of sustained flapping flight.