Rare passage migrant. Also known as the Black Vulture; one of the largest Old World vultures with a wingspan of 3m. Like nearly all vultures in the region this species has declined primarily due to poisoning of carcasses and shooting.
Where in Kuwait
This magnificent Near Threatened species is a solitary bird and would be seen soaring on thermals. They may only come to ground to drink or bad weather conditions like Kuwait's infamous dust storms.
In the world
This Eurasian species has a moderately small population and although the European population is increasing, the much larger Asian population appears to be in decline. This species mostly eats carrion and its closest living relative is probably the Lappet-faced Vulture.
The two main threats to the species are direct mortality caused by humans (either accidentally or deliberately) and decreasing availability of food.