This small, brown vulture could be confused with juvenile palm-nut and Egyptian vultures. It may be distinguished from palm-nut vulture by its larger size, and by the down (not feathers) on the head and neck. Unlike this species, juvenile Egyptian vulture has a long, wedge-shaped tail and elongated nape feathers. Hooded vulture resembles juvenile and immature lappet-faced vulture, but is much smaller.
Juvenile is darker, with a blackish brown head.
Savanna; found mostly in game reserves in the north.
Normally silent; emits soft whistling calls at the nest.