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Universal Pictures Monster
Vulturesaurus on the cover of King Kong: The Island of the Skull
Alternate names VultursaurusWoK
Species Vultursaurus
Wingspan 20-25 inches
Enemies Sam Kelley, Humans
First appearance King Kong: The Island of the Skull

Vulturesaurus is a fictional species of flying dinosaurs that appeared in the 2005 prequel novel to King Kong, King Kong: The Island of the Skull.


Vulturesaurus' name comes from Sam Kelley's having initially mistaken it for a vulture, and upon seeing it more clearly dubbed it "Vulturesaurus."


The Vulturesaurus is described as having a "U-shaped" head, a sleek body, and clawed feet. Its claws are very sharp and are capable of tearing flesh on contact. However, due to their slight build, they cannot carry much weight with their feet. Their bat-like wings are broad and supple so that they can be realigned with ease.[1]


The book The World of Kong states that Vulturesaurus is the sole surviving descendant of a second dynasty of flying theropods that developed bat-like wing membranes instead of feathers.[1]


Vulturesaurus were nocturnal flock hunters that slept on rock faces or in the jungle during the day. Their bat-like wings, while supple and easy to realign. Despite their wings not being as efficient as a bird's or a bat's, they kept Vulturesaurus aloft most efficiently. Their large, reflective eyes gave them exceptional night vision, and they were only unable to hunt on the darkest of nights.


King Kong: The Island of the Skull

In their debut novel, a Vulturesaurus preyed on Sam Kelley and his associates as they climbed down a rock face. It took one of them but was unable to escape Kelley's gunfire because its prey was too heavy. Another Vulturesaurus waited for Kelley and his last remaining companion to get a bit farther away from the island, and when their boat struck a rock, and one of them was thrown from the ship's cabin. Seizing its opportunity, the Vulturesaurus went in for the kill. It successfully got a hold of the girl but was killed by Kelley with a gun.



Vulturesaurus can fly by using its wings, but their wings are better suited to allow it to swim rather than fly[1]

Hunting Adaptations

Vulturesaurus has pointed teeth and incredibly sharp claws.

Night vision

Vulturesaurus is a nocturnal creature with excellent night vision. They have reflective eyes that are able to discern distance and depth even in dim starlight. Only on the blackest nights were they grounded.[1]



  • Vulturesaurus, like many other Skull Island monsters has an entry in The World of Kong detailing its origin and biology.
  • The World of Kong states that during the day Vulturesaurus spends its time roosting on ledges or in deep jungle shade, while at night they hunt insects in vast flocks.[1]
  • Two vastly different images of Vulturesaurus exist. One from King Kong: The Island of the Skull and one from The World of Kong. This is due to The Island of the Skull's cover art being published before the complete description and dimensions of the Vulturesaurus had been made available. The design shown on the cover of Island of the Skull was reused for the flizard Alatusaurus in The World of Kong.


This is a list of references for Vulturesaurus. 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 1.4 Weta Workshop. (November 22, 2005) The World of Kong, p. 193. Pocket Books.

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