Hooded Vulture

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The Hooded Vulture is a typical vulture, with a bald head that is usually white, but flushes red when agitated and a greyish “hood”. It has fairly uniform dark brown body plumage. Juveniles usually have a pale blue face (see 3rd photo). It is a small species compared to most vultures. They are 62–72 cm long and have a wingspan of 155–165 cm. Female Hooded Vultures are also often seen to have longer eyelashes than the males which is rather amusing. This vulture is typically unafraid of humans, and frequently gathers around habitation. It is sometimes referred to as the “garbage collector” by locals.

Kololi Beach area, Gambia, 16 August 2008

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