The king of birds, according to the Hebrews (Lam. 4: 19, where English versions translate ‘eagles’) but considered unclean (Lev. 11: 13). Of the species known in Palestine, probably that referred to by Jesus (Matt. 24: 28) is the griffon vulture, as in Prov. 30: 17, translated ‘eagles’ by AV, but ‘vultures’ in modern translations.