Hooded Vulture

The Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) is an Old World vulture in the order Accipitriformes. It is the only member of the genus Necrosyrtes. It often moves in flocks and is very abundant. In much of its range, there are always several visible soaring in the sky at almost any time during the day.

This mostly resident species can be found throughout much of Africa south of the Sahara. They sometimes form loose colonies. One egg is laid each year.

Like other vultures it is an expert scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals and waste which it finds by soaring over savannah and around human habitation, including waste tips and abattoirs.

This vulture is generally not wary of humans and frequently gathers around habitation. It is sometimes referred to as the “garbage collector” by locals.

The Hooded Vulture is a typical vulture, with a bald pink head and a greyish “hood”. It has fairly uniform dark brown body plumage. It has broad wings for soaring and short a tail. It is a small species compared to most vultures.