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Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)
16-JAN-2011 Dick Keely

Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)

Brenu Beach, Central Region, Ghana

The Hooded Vulture is a typical vulture, with a bald pink head and a greyish “hood”. It has fairly uniform dark brown body plumage, broad wings for soaring and a short tail. Compared to most vultures, it is a small species. 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. 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. Reference: http://www.avianweb.com/hoodedvultures.html


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