Animals Birds

Animals Birds

Hooded Vulture


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Necrosyrtes monachus
PROFILE:

Vultures are scavengers that eat carrion, or dead animals. Without a knife and fork to eat their dinner, they rely on their talons and beaks to eat their meal, which can be quite messy. It is difficult for a vulture to clean its head, but it is easy to shake off the mess and let the sun kill any remaining bacteria, which is why they are bald.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Falconiformes (diurnal birds of prey)
NATIVE TO:
sub-Saharan Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Carnivore (primarily a scavenger of carrion)
LIFESPAN:
Wild - up to 20-25 years; zoos - up to 25-30 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Bonded pairs; live in flocks
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