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.
Conservation status | Critically endangered
20 to 25 years in the wild. 25 to 30 years in captivity.