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A female Psychovulture from Skull Island: The Birth of Kong
An alpha male Psychovulture from Kingdom Kong
Vultura Insanus[1]
Species Avian reptile
Wingspan 5-9 feet[1]
Relations Leafwing (subspecies)[2]
Enemies Humans, King Kong
First appearance Latest appearance
Skull Island: The
Birth of Kong
Kingdom Kong

Psychovulture is an avian reptile superspecies that lives 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' cryptozoological classification, Vultura Insanus, comes from the English word "vulture" and the Latin word insanus, meaning "crazy" or "insane."


Psychovultures resemble hairless bats, though they lack prominent ears or noses. They also display sexual dimorphism. Males have hair on their back in the shape of a mohawk, and females have hoods resembling that of a cobra's.[3] An alpha Psychovulture appeared in Kingdom Kong, significantly larger than the others.[4]


Psychovultures are omnivores and the more aggressive cousins of the Leafwings.[1] True to their name, they exhibit psychopathy and are filled with nothing but pure aggression to the point they hunt and kill anything, including members of their own species.[1] They are also scavengers, as they descended to feed on the fresh carcass of a Sirenjaw Kong killed.


Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

"The People who Came from the Sky"

A swarm of Psychovultures attacked the V-22 Osprey transporting a Monarch team led by Aaron Brooks to Skull Island, with one striking the side of the aircraft with a bolt of electricity.

"Valley of the Fallen Gods"

After King Kong fought and killed a Sirenjaw, several Psychovultures and Death Jackals descended to feed on the carcass.

Kingdom Kong

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. An alpha Psychovulture 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.



Psychovultures are capable of flight.

Thermal vision

Psychovultures have thermal vision which allows them to find warm-blooded prey at night.

Electrical blast

Psychovultures can fire electrical blasts from their mouths that are powerful enough to take down a V-22 Osprey with one shot.


See also


This is a list of references for Psychovulture. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 KSI MYTHOLOGY PSYCHOVULTURE V2.jpg
  3. @whoiszid (31 July 2021). "I don't have authority over the species' canonical behaviour, but the inclusion of alphas were necessary for me to allow believability to how the PV could cut a grown Kong. The same PV from SI:TBOK would be nothing but a swarm of miniature minions 😆 Mohawk = ♂ Cobra hood = ♀". Twitter.
  4. @whoiszid (31 July 2021). "That's correct. It's an alpha in the flock, significantly bigger than the rest although it's tricky to tell with everything in motion and at different distance. I also made the design slightly different to set it apart, both male and female 🤓". Twitter.


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