Hooded Vulture

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 August 2012
Scientific Name
Necrosyrtes monachus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Necrosyrtes
  • N. monachus
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Conservation Status
Critically Endangered (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
25 to 28 inches
61 to 65 inches
53 to 92 ounces



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

Chinese (汉语) 冠兀鹫
Czech (Cesky) sup kapucín
Danish (Dansk) Hættegrib
Dutch (Nederlands) Kapgier
Finnish (Suomi) huppukorppikotka
French (Français) Vautour charognard
German (Deutsch) Kappengeier
Italian (Italiano) Capovaccaio pileato
Japanese (日本語) ズキンハゲワシ [zukinhagewashi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Hettegribb
Polish (Polski) scierwnik brunatny
Russian (русский язык) Бурый стервятник
Spanish (Español) Alimoche Sombrío
Swedish (Svenska) Kappgam
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