It has a pink beak and a white crest, and the featherless areas on its head are pale. Its has dark brown upper parts and black tail feathers. The feathers on its lower parts and legs are white. It has a wing span of 2 m and spends a lot of time soaring looking for food.
It roosts in tall trees near to water at night. It is an Old World vulture endemic to Africa.
Seen at the Hawk Conservancy, Hampshire, UK.