The lion vulture is a large bird that has the head and wings of a vulture and the body of a lion. Its head and neck have no feathers, while its wings and upper body have black feathers and its neck has white. Its feet and under-body are that of a lion, with tawny colored fur.
The lion vulture enjoys cabbages, which is contradictory to the natures of both of the animals which inspired its name and appearance. It can be trained to perform in circus performances.
The lion vulture takes many of its qualities from the mythological griffin, as well as the vulture.