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About the Hooded Vulture

Also known as: Monk Vulture

The Hooded Vulture lives across sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of the smallest species of Old World vulture, with a length reaching between just 25 and 28 inches.

Hooded Vultures are scavengers, dining mainly on carrion. They soar above open habitat and around human activity to search for food. Because of their petite size, they can soar on weaker thermals than other vultures, which means they get an earlier start in the morning and are often the first to find fresh feeding sites. Hooded Vultures also take live prey like lizards and insects to supplement their diet.

The Hooded Vulture is considered Endangered. Threats they face include habitat loss, hunting, and (secondary) poisoning.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 24 August 2012
Scientific Name Necrosyrtes monachus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Necrosyrtes
  • N. monachus
Birdorable Family Vultures & Condors
Conservation Status Critically Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
25 to 28 inches
61 to 65 inches
53 to 92 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa


From IUCN Red List:
The Hooded Vulture is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This vulture has been uplisted to Critically Endangered. Recently published evidence suggests the population is experiencing an extremely rapid decline owing to indiscriminate poisoning, trade for traditional medicine, hunting, persecution and electrocution, as well as habitat loss and degradation.

International Names

  • 冠兀鹫 (Chinese)
  • sup kapucín (Czech)
  • Hættegrib (Danish)
  • Kapgier (Dutch)
  • huppukorppikotka (Finnish)
  • Vautour charognard (French)
  • Kappengeier (German)
  • Capovaccaio pileato (Italian)
  • ズキンハゲワシ [zukinhagewashi] (Japanese)
  • Hettegribb (Norwegian)
  • scierwnik brunatny (Polish)
  • Бурый стервятник (Russian)
  • Alimoche Sombrío (Spanish)
  • Kappgam (Swedish)

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