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Hooded Vulture - BirdForum Opus

Necrosyrtes monachus
Photo © by Steve G
March 2007

Identification

Adult mainly brown with reddish neck and head, thin, long bill. White is often visible on upper breast and thighs. In flight looks very dark.
Juvenile similar but darker, especially in the head.

Distribution

Africa south of the Sahara

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

Habitat

Open savanna and semi-desert, also woodlands and in many areas found in close proximity to towns and villages.

Behaviour

Nests singly in trees, rarely on rocks or buildings.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view

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