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Psychovulture

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Nomenclature

Nickname(s):

Vultura Insanus
(Psychovultures)
Icarus Folium
(Leafwings)
Scientific nomenclature
Ugly-ass birds

Biological Information

Homeworld:

Skull Island

Species:

Prehistoric flying reptiles

Wingspan:

1.524 - 2.7432 meters

Psychovultures
0.9144 - 1.524 meters

Leafwings

Eye color:

White

Status:

Alive

Affiliation Information

Enemies:

James Conrad
Mason Weaver
Hank Marlow
Preston Packard
Houston Brooks
San Lin

Production Information

Portrayed by:

CGI

First appearance:

Kong: Skull Island

Last appearance:

Kong: Skull Island

 

Psychovultures, also known as Vultura Insanus, are flying reptilian Kaiju that appeared in Kong: Skull Island.

The Psychovultures have a subspecies known to Monarch, simply known as Leafwings, or Icarus Folium.

Name

The name "Psychovulture" comes from a mix of "psycho", a state they go into upon ingesting certain poisonous pufferfish, and "vulture", which is a reference to their avian form.

For their subspecies, "Leafwing" comes from their wing design, which is both green, and shaped much like a leaf, which is multiplied by the veins running through their wings, which look like leaf veins.

Appearance

Psychovultures are gray, large, bat-like creatures, possessing a wide wingspan, and snub-nosed skulls.

Leafwings are smaller, more pterosaur-like creatures that are about the same size as adult humans. They are green in color with yellow heads, orange wings, and long spear-like snouts covered in jagged edges.

Roar

The roar of the Psychovulture is described as a "sequence of jaw clicks and guttural whines", meant for echolocation purposes.

The Leafwing's roars are made up of various chirps and squeaks.

Personality

The Psychovultures are hypothesized to exhibit signs of psychopathy by willingly inducing psychoactive effects by ingesting poisoning pufferfish native to their island. The resulting mania caused by the chemical agent pushes the Psychovulture to indiscriminately hunt down and destroy everything it encounters, even members of its own species.

The Leafwings live and hunt in large flocks. They're described as less aggressive than their former counterparts, but still prone to attacking and are dangerous nevertheless.

Origins

Psychovulture

Perfectly evolved for domination of the skies, the aerodynamic Psychovulture grows to a wingspan of up to 9 feet. A soft tissue patagium stretches across a rigid bone structure to form a kite-like foil that cuts effortlessly through the with winds above Skull Island. The animal's optic nerves lack light receptors, suggesting blindness, but further investigation of the nerve impulses suggests the creature has evolved a form of thermal vision that enables it to locate hot-blooded prey from the night skies above. Its thin skull uses a sequence of jaw clicks and guttural whines to trigger echolocation, which can put the creature at risk from its own kind.

This winged, bat-like predator may be the first creature on Earth to exhibit signs of psychopathy. An airborne creature of pure aggression, it self-induces psychoactive effects activated by ingesting a poisonous pufferfish indigenous to the waters of Skull Island. The mania this chemical agent induces drives the Psychovulture to destroy or disrupt any lifeform it encounters, even going so far as to hunt and kill its own kind. A relatively small digestive system suggests the creature has evolved to feed on plantlife and small animals, yet it has been observed dragging off prey that is far too large for it to ever consume. For the Psychovulture, it seems that to kill is sustenance enough.

Leafwing

A sub-species of the Psychovulture, this leaf-winged creature features an extended cacti proboscis with sharp fibrous spikes sprouting along its length. The Leafwing takes its name from the frond wings that stem from its central torso, which are coated with a fine epicuticular wax that is secreted from the stomata during flight, before hardening in the cool night air. The wings are highly coveted by the Iwi, who hunt down the airborne creature and grind its wings into a fine powder believed to have unique psychotropic properties. They are, however, a hard-won prize, given the creature's natural camouflage. Nesting in large numbers in tree canopies at the summit of the mountain, Leafwings are perfectly hidden by the Forest of the Heavens.

Though much less aggressive than its deadly cousin the Psychovulture, the Leafwing is nevertheless a dangerous airborne predator. The spikes along its bone trunk are laced with powerful aesthetic agent that is deployed as the creature dive bombs its prey from on high, spearing them with its weaponized snout.

History

Kong: Skull Island

The main human characters encountered the Psychovultures several times while on the island. Normal Psychovultures don't have a real role in the movie, but their subspecies do. Preston Packard sniped one in the head while he and his group tried to rendezvous with the others. Several carried away Victor Nieves and killed him by tearing him apart. Another flock unintentionally aided a Skullcrawler in attacking the humans when they were trying to cross through the boneyard, and James Conrad managed to kill some with Hank Marlow's katana.

Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

A flock of Psychovultures attack Aaron Brooks and his team, forcing the team to jump from their aircraft.

After Kong kills the Sirenjaw that attacked Aaron's team, a flock of Psychovultures and a pack of Death Jackals arrive to feed on the carcass.

Abilities

Anesthetic agent

Utilized by the Leafwings, this agent is present on their spear-like beaks. This reduces the victim's sensitivity to pain, thus allowing the Leafwing to attack and eat its prey without contest or resistance from its victim.

Camouflage

An entire flock of Leafwings can perch on leafless trees and use their wings as camouflage in order to hide from both prey and predators.

Echolocation

Psychovultures can utilize echolocation to find their prey.

Electricity

Psychovultures can apparently emit bolts of electricity from their mouths, as seen from the comic Skull Island: The Birth of Kong.

Hunting and scavenging

Leafwings will swoop down like birds of prey when they see a target that is away from the group to bring it up to the sky, as shown when one dragged Victor Nieves from Hank Marlow's boat. They are also scavengers that feed on the kills of other predators.

Physical strength

Leafwings are strong enough to carry adult humans with their talons. They are powerful enough to rip off a man's limbs easily with their sharp beaks and talons.

Speed

Leafwings can fly through the air with great speed.

Weaknesses

Echolocation

This can be utilized by Psychovultures against fellow Psychovultures as per the former statements of its self-induced psychopathy. The echolocation would be detected by others who then go in for the attack in their psychopathic states.

Fragile Body

While deadly in flocks, the Psychovultures are easily killed by single gunshots or bisected by Marlow's katana.

Gallery

Production

Post production

Screenshots

Skull Island: The Birth of Kong

Trivia

  • Even though that Leafwings are said to be subspecies of the Psychovultures, they have different genus and species names.
  • Psychovultures are similar to the bat-like Terapusmordax from the 2005 King Kong film.
  • The scene where the Psychovultures carry off Nieves and devour him mid-air is similar to a scene from the movie Pitch Black, where the Bio-Raptors carry off a woman and tear her apart in flight.
  • Leafwings were originally based on stingrays.
  • Some merchandise erroneously refers to the Psychovultures as "pterodactyls".
  • The Leafwings continue the theme of plant-like fauna, as well as the Sker Buffalo, Mother Longlegs and Spore Mantis.
  • The Leafwings are the smallest known MonsterVerse Kaiju.

List of appearances

Films

Books

References

MonsterVerse
Godzilla
Film Godzilla (GalleryVideosSoundtrack)
Marketing Godzilla - Comic-Con 2012 TrailerGodzilla - Official Teaser TrailerGodzilla - Official Main TrailerGodzilla - International TrailerGodzilla - Asia Trailer

It Can't Be StoppedI Can't Believe This Is HappeningWhatever It TakesCourageExtended LookNature Has An OrderYou're Hiding Something

Kaiju Godzilla (2014 design) • MUTO (2014 design; Male and Female)
Cast and Characters Joseph Brody (Bryan Cranston) • Sandra Brody (Juliette Binoche) • Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) • Elle Brody (Elizabeth Olsen) • Sam Brody (Carson Bolde) • Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) • Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) • William Stenz (David Strathairn)
Staff Gareth EdwardsThomas TullJon JashniMary ParentBrian RogersMax BorensteinDavid CallahamPatricia WhitcherAlex GarciaYoshimitsu BannoKenji OkuhiraSeamus McGarveyOwen PatersonBob DucsaySharen DavisJim RygielAlexandre Desplat
Godzilla: Awakening Godzilla: AwakeningGodzillaShinomura
Books Godzilla: AwakeningGodzilla: The Official NovelizationGodzilla: The Art of DestructionGodzilla: With Light and Sound!
Websites Godzillaencounter.comGodzilla Encounter AppGodzilla EncounterMUTOResearch.netGodzillamovie.comGodzilla-Movie.jpGodzilla.jp
Toys and games Bandai Creation's Godzilla 2014 Toy LineJakks Pacific's GodzillaNECA's GodzillaGodzilla: With Light and Sound!Godzilla: Smash3Godzilla: Strike ZoneGodzilla: Crisis DefenseS.H. MonsterArtsGodzilla EggsBattle SpiritsGodzilla (2014 video game)
Partners and sweepstakes SnickersFIATMikadoSweepstakes
Scrapped elements RokmutulPterodactylJune 2012 screenplayUnnamed multi-legged monster
Kong: Skull Island
Film Kong: Skull Island (GalleryVideosSoundtrack)
Marketing Kong: Skull Island Comic-Con 2016 TrailerKong: Skull Island Trailer 2Kong: Skull Island: Rise of the King Trailer

BreathCalvaryReignThe IslandShutterUncharted

Kaiju Kong (2017 design) • Mire SquidMother LonglegsPsychovultureSker BuffaloSkullcrawler (2017 design) • SirenjawSpore MantisDeath JackalUnidentified antUnidentified deerUnidentified snakeUnidentified turtleVinestrangler
Cast and Characters James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) • Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) • William Randa (John Goodman) • Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) • San Lin (Jing Tian) • Jack Chapman (Toby Kebbell) • Victor Nieves (John Ortiz) • Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) • Glenn Mills (Jason Mitchell) • Earl Cole (Shea Whigham) • Reg Slivko (Thomas Mann) • Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly)
Organizations Monarch
Locations Skull Island
Books Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie NovelizationThe Art and Making of Kong: Skull IslandSkull Island: The Birth of Kong
Websites Discoverskullisland.com
Toys and games Lanard's Kong: Skull Island toy line
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Film Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Gallery)
Marketing Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Comic-Con 2014 Teaser
Kaiju Godzilla (2014 design) • Rodan (2019 design) • Mothra (2019 design) • King Ghidorah (2019 design)
Cast and Characters Millie Bobby BrownKyle ChandlerVera FarmigaO'Shea Jackson Jr.Aisha HindsAnthony RamosCharles DanceRandell HavensThomas MiddleditchBradley WhitfordZhang ZiyiIshiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) • Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins)
Staff Michael DoughertyThomas TullMary ParentMax BorensteinZach ShieldsAlex Garcia