Hooded Vulture

This scruffy looking vulture is smaller than other African vultures with a wingspan of just 5 feet. 

This scruffy looking vulture is smaller than other African vultures with a wingspan of just 5 feet. This means it can rise higher on the thermal air faster and will often be the first to spot a tasty carcass!

 Like other vultures, the Hooded Vulture’s ears are not visible. This is because they’re covered by a fine layer of skin, which prevents blood and other bits getting in when they are feasting on the carcass of a dead animal.

 Flocks of Vultures can sometimes be seen soaring over the landscape, searching for carcasses and following animals as they migrate. They will also eat scraps from human habitats. Hooded vultures often follow humans in agricultural fields, where they pick out the grubs and insects upturned by ploughing. Sadly, in recent years, this vulture has come into conflict with humans and has been heavily hunted and poisoned.

 

 

Where are they found?
They live across sub-Saharan Africa in varied habitats, including open plain, savannah, forest, coastal areas, towns and villages.

Scientific name
Necrosyrtes monachus
Family
Accipitridae
Order
Accipitriformes
Lifespan
20 to 25 years in the wild. 25 to 30 years in captivity.
Fast facts
The hooded vulture will blush red when excited!
Their scientific name means ‘a monk-like bird that drags away the dead’
In urban areas, locals call it ‘the rubbish collector’
Conservation status
Critically endangered