The white-backed vulture has black eyes and a hooked black bill that contrasts with their pale crown and hindneck. The plumage of white-backed vultures becomes paler as they age.
The white-backed vulture is a medium sized vulture with large, broad wings, which they use to soar and circle on thermals for hours in search of carrion.
They have adapted to have excellent eyesight that enables them to spot food when flying high in the sky. They will also watch other vultures and follow them to a carcass.
They are a very social species that will congregate at carcasses and roost sites.
They are most active during the day. They will breed at the beginning of the dry season and will nest in small colonies.