Vultures were a common species of bird.[2]


Vultures were large birds with filthy feathers. Their main distinguishing feature was their featherless pink head.[2]


Vultures were considered to be cowardly animals.[2]


Vultures were scavengers, attacking prey only once it has died or collapsed from exhaustion. Vultures only attacked moving prey if in a group, and only if the prey was already near collapsing.[2]


Vultures were usually encountered in warm areas, floating on updrafts over open spaces.[2]


Vultures were carrion eaters and have developed the ability to consume infected, poisoned or rotting meat safely. They lived in flocks. A female vulture could lay up to four eggs at a time. The eggs were incubated over two months until they hatched. A young vulture could fly at four months of age.[2]


Vultures were a symbol and favoured animal of Thasmudyan, the god of undeath in the Zakharan pantheon.[4] Evil swanmays sometimes shapechanged into the form of a vulture.[5]


The bones and feathers of a vulture were used as material components in the casting of some spells.[6][7]



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  1. Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 339. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 David Cook, Steve Winter, and Jon Pickens (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume Three Forgotten Realms Appendix (MC3). (TSR, Inc), p. 62. ISBN 0-88038-769-6.
  3. Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 125. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
  4. Steve Kurtz (April 1, 1995). The Complete Book of Necromancers. (TSR, Inc), pp. 74–75. ISBN 0-7869-0106-3.
  5. Paul Culotta (June 1995). “The Ecology of the Bird Maiden”. In Wolfgang Baur ed. Dragon #218 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 76–80, 94.
  6. Douglas Niles (August 1991). “A Journey to the True World”. Maztica Campaign Set (TSR, Inc.), pp. 88–89. ISBN 1-5607-6084-2.
  7. Douglas Niles (August 1991). “A Journey to the True World”. Maztica Campaign Set (TSR, Inc.), p. 79. ISBN 1-5607-6084-2.
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