A vulture is a scavenging bird of prey of which two types exist: the Old World vulture and the New World vulture. These two groups are polyphyletic with one another, and species within both bear the featherless or semi-bald head and neck that is a trademark of vultures.
During the Ptolemaic dynasty, vulture skulls were in demand in Egyptian markets and were worth 7 drachma in 48 BCE.
- In the non-canonical Assassin's Creed comics published by Les Deux Royaumes, the vulture is treated as the animal motif of the Templars and their counterpart to the Assassins' eagle. Just as Assassin characters, like Aquilus, are often named after the eagle, Templars adversaries like Caius Fulvus Vultur are conspicuously named after vultures. This is to the point that Desmond Miles correctly deduces that the doctor Herman Geier is actually the Templar mole in their cell by mere virtue of his surname being German for "vulture".