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.
The Psychovultures' scientific name, 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. An alpha Psychovulture appeared in Kingdom Kong, significantly larger than the others.
Psychovultures are omnivores and the more aggressive cousins of the Leafwings. 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. They are also scavengers, as they descended to feed on the fresh carcass of a Sirenjaw Kong killed.
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.
Psychovultures have thermal vision which allows them to find warm-blooded prey at night.
Psychovultures can fire electrical blasts from their mouths that are powerful enough to take down a V-22 Osprey with one shot.
- 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.
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