Jatayu is a bird, the son of Aruna and nephew of Garuda.
A demi-god who has the form of a vulture, he was an old friend of Dasaratha, Rama’s father.
He tries to rescue Sita when Ravana is on his way back to Lanka after abducting her. However, Jatayu was very old and Ravana soon got the better of him. In their search for Sita, Rama and Lakshmana chanced upon the stricken and dying Jatayu, who was able to tell them what had happened and point them in the direction Ravana had gone.