Hooded Vultures

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Hooded VulturesThe Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus, is an Old World vulture in the order Accipitriformes, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is the only member of the genus Necrosyrtes.


Description

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.


Distribution / Breeding

It breeds in a stick nest in trees (often palms) in much of Africa south of the Sahara, laying one egg. The population is mostly resident.

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 vulture is typically unafraid of humans, and frequently gathers around habitation. It is sometimes referred to as the “garbage collector” by locals.


Diet / Feeding

Like other vultures it is a 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.

Hooded Vultures eating a zebra

Calls / Vocalizations

If these birds are disturbed when at their nest, they utter a squealing cry.


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