Hooded vultures (Necrosyrtes monachus) are the only member of the genus Necrosyrtes – the smallest and weakest vulture in that family. 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 or greenish-white when frightened. They have weak feet that are adapted for walking and running, not for clutching branches. Their wings are long, and the birds can soar for long periods. Females are slightly larger than males. They live from southern Egypt to eastern Africa.