White-headed vultures fly lower than other vultures and will generally arrive first to a carcass. They mostly live alone as solitary scavengers.
They get their name from the covering of white, downy feathers on their head. They are one of the most colourful of the old-world vultures. Bare pink skin covers their face, cheeks, eye ring, chin and shades into lilac on the neck. Their body, tail and wing feathers are black with white feathers covering their stomach and thighs leading to pink legs. They have few feathers on their head and neck, allowing them to reach meat deep inside carcasses without difficulty.
White-headed vultures can soar for hours in search of food. They are slightly different to other vultures as they are much shier and will avoid the feeding frenzy at a carcass and feed alone at its edge. They will roost in acacia trees and are somewhat solitary, in comparison to the social nature of other old-world vultures.