Hooded Vultures are small vultures about 26 inches long. Females are larger than males. They are dark brown, have rather short, rounded tails and thin, weak beaks. The bare skin on their faces is reddish pink but may become bluish when the birds are excited. They have weak feet that are adapted for walking and running, not for clutching branches.
- All vultures, in spite of their apparently “unappetizing” manner of feeding, are quite clean birds and bathe frequently.
- Vultures detect dead animals by sight and by the movements of other vultures and carrion eating birds. They sometimes gorge so heavily that they can scarcely fly.