Andean Condor

Andean Condor

Andean Condor
Vultur gryphus


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Cathartiformes
FAMILY
Cathartidae

Range

Andes Mountains in South America, from Venezuela to Tierra del Fuego, descending to sea level in Peru and Chile


Habitat

High mountains over open grasslands and alpine regions, lowland desert regions, and plains


Diet

Carrion (dead animals)

Weight

MALE 24 - 33 lbs.
FEMALE 17 – 24 lbs

Height

3.2 - 4.2 feet

Wingspan

Up to 10.5 feet

Incubation

56 - 62 days

Clutch

1 egg

IUCN Status

Near Threatened

Facts

  • The male has a very distinctive comb on the crown of his head and has yellow eyes.
  • Females have bright red eyes.
  • Andean condors lack of feathers on its head, allowing them to radiate heat away from the body which keeps the birds from overheating.
  • To conserve energy on these long flights, condors make good use of rising hot air currents called "thermals" to keep them aloft and reduce the need to flap their wings.
  • Andean condors soar to heights of 18,000 feet, or almost 3.4 miles.

 

Conservation

These birds are threatened over most of their habitat. One contributing factor is due to local customs and traditions involving the use of bones and organs from the condor.

Their low reproductive output makes them vulnerable to persecution by humans who believe they are a threat to their livestock.

Near Threatened

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