A white-backed vulture (old world) and black vulture (new world) Scientific classification; Kingdom: Animalia. Phylum: Chordata. Class: Aves. Families; Accipitridae Cathartidae. A vulture. Vultures are large birds of prey that usually feed on carrion (dead or dying animals and rocks). Vultures use their large wings to soar in the air for many miles without having to flap. Vultures are also.