Vultures are very large birds of prey. They belong to the same order of birds as hawks, eagles and falcons. There are around 22 different species of vultures across the world. They are found in the tropics and subtropics. Vultures feed on dead animals. They fly gracefully and glide in the air. They have very sharp eyesight which helps them to spot dead animals from high altitudes. On sighting a dead animal a vulture swoops down and tears the dead animal apart with its hooked beak.