[Mystery bird] Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus (background: Marabou Stork, Leptoptilos crumeniferus), photographed at the Ndutu Safari Lodge, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Nikon D300, 600 mm lens with 1.4 extender ISO 800, f/5.6 1/400.
Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.
Since this African mystery bird is easy to identify, I’ll ask you to identify the bird standing in the background, too!
From a distance, the Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus, may be mistaken for the similarly-colored Lappet-faced Vulture, Torgos tracheliotus, but Hooded Vultures are only half the size. Their scientific name, Necrosyrtes monachus, literally means ” a monk-like (bird) that drags away the dead.”