Neophron Savigny, Descrip. de l'Egypte, Ois., i, pp. 68, 77 (1809). Type, Vultur percnopterus Linn.
In this genus of small Vultures the bill is long and slender, the cere and culmen making, at first a convex or nearly straight line and then a sharply curved hook ; cere very long; the nostrils large, elongate and horizontal; head and upper fore-neck and crop naked; the usual Vulturine ruff of hackles and downy feathers; wings long and pointed, the third primary longest, the first between the fifth and sixth; tail long and slightly graduated; third and fourth toes united by a web over the length of the basal phalange; claws rather long, straight and sharp.
The genus Neophron extends over the South Palaearctic region, Africa and Western Asia.