Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus
Hooded Vultures are very large, 30" (75cm) birds, although small by Vulture
standards. They are slim and dark brown, with pink heads and fore-necks. An off-white 'wool' covers the back of the head and rear of the neck. The chest is covered with white feathers. The top half of the legs is white flecked with brown. The tail is short. Its very slim bill is pink, tipped with black. The eyes are brown, with distinctive blue orbital rings. Habits
Hooded Vultures are generally found in small groups, or pairs. Larger groups gregariously roost in tree-tops. Diet
Like all Vultures, Hooded Vultures are scavengers. Hooded Vultures also eat insects and lizards. Resident
Due to habitat loss, Hooded Vultures are now mostly found in National Parks. Not generally seen in the far east of Kenya. Very few around towns and villages in the far west of Kenya and lower Tana River area. Extra Hooded Vulture Facts
Hooded Vultures, being one of the smallest Vultures, are usually seen at the edge of a carcass, waiting for the larger Vultures to have their fill. Thus, they do not need the large bill of other Vultures, because its bill has nothing to rip open. Its slim bill is ideal for tearing at tendons and small scraps. Photographs
Photographed at Kenya's Masai Mara and Olare Orok Conservancy.