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A female Psychovulture from Skull Island: The Birth of Kong
An alpha male Psychovulture from Kingdom Kong
Species Avian reptile (Vultura Insanus)[1]
Wingspan 5-9 feet[2]
Relations Leafwing (subspecies)[3]
Enemies Humans, King Kong
First appearance Latest appearance
Skull Island: The
Birth of Kong
Kingdom Kong

Psychovultures are a species of avian reptile monsters 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.

Name[edit | edit source]

The Psychovultures' scientific name, Vultura Insanus, comes from the English word "vulture" and the Latin word insanus, meaning "crazy" or "insane."

Design[edit | edit source]

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.[4] An alpha Psychovulture appeared in Kingdom Kong, significantly larger than the others.[5]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Psychovultures are omnivores and the more aggressive cousins of the Leafwings.[6] 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.[7] They are also scavengers, as they descended to feed on the fresh carcass of a Sirenjaw Kong killed.

Comics[edit | edit source]

Skull Island: The Birth of Kong[edit | edit source]

"The People who Came from the Sky"[edit | edit source]

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"[edit | edit source]

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

Kingdom Kong[edit | edit source]

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.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Flight[edit | edit source]

Psychovultures are capable of flight.

Thermal vision[edit | edit source]

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

Electrical blast[edit | edit source]

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

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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]


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