Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus

Hooded Vulture
Hooded Vulture
The Hooded Vulture is a large bird but small for a vulture. It is native to (mainly eastern) sub-Saharan Africa and common even around human habitation where it eats garbage. Like most vultures, it has a bald face for hygiene when feeding on carcases. However it doesn't generally have a bald head but has a dark brown or biege hood.
Hooded Vulture
Hooded Vulture
It has a long beak. The hood is usually dark brown (above left), the same as the body colour but can be biege/light brown (above right) and some birds are bald headed (below right).
Hooded Vulture
Hooded Vulture
Like many bald-faced birds (vultures and some large parrots) and like many humans, the facial skin blushes pink/red when they are excited/agitated (as blood vessels dilate).
Hooded Vulture in flight
Hooded Vulture in flight
They are a common sight flying overhead in much of eastern sub-Saharan Africa and are usually tolerated by villagers as doing a useful job (refuse clearance).
Hooded Vulture in flight
Hooded Vulture - Grandmother