Psychovultures are a species of avian reptile that live on Skull Island in the MonsterVerse. They appear in the 2017 Legendary Comics miniseries Skull Island: The Birth of Kong and the 2021 graphic novel Kingdom Kong.
The Psychovultures' scientific name, Vultura Insanus, comes from the word "vulture" and the Latin word insanus, meaning "crazy" or "insane."
Psychovultures resemble hairless bats, though they lack prominent ears or noses.
A group of Psychovultures attacked Kong while he rescued a Sker Buffalo pinned beneath a fallen tree. One also targeted a nearby Monarch helicopter, but its electrical blast was negated by its exterior shock grid. From this safe vantage point, seismologist Houston Brooks watched Kong open the fight by swinging the tree as a club, felling several of the creatures. One dove at his left eye and tried to gouge it out, while another set the tree aflame with electricity. The helicopter pilot, Delgado, asked Brooks if they should intervene, but he was confident in Kong's abilities. Swinging the burning tree, the ape killed four more of the Psychovultures, and the rest retreated. He turned his eyes sadly to the Sker Buffalo, who had perished in the battle.
- Thermal vision
- Electrical blast from mouth
- Although the Leafwing is described as being a subspecies of the Psychovulture, the creatures' species names indicate that they belong to different genera entirely, with the Leafwing's genus being named as Icarus while the Psychovulture's genus is Vultura.