Average lifespan in the wild: Up to 60 Years
Size: Body, 3.5 to 4.5 ft (1.1 to 1.4 m); Wingspan, 9 to 10 ft (2.7 to 3 m)
Weight: 18 to 31 lbs (8 to 14 kg)
Protection status: Endangered
California condors are large vultures with bald pink heads and a 10-foot wingspan. They are among the world's largest flying birds, and they are also one of the most critically endangered.
What does a Condor look like?
Condors are very large broad-winged soaring birds, the Andean Condor being 5 cm shorter (beak to tail) on average than the northern species, but larger in wingspan. California Condors are the largest flying land birds in North America. They have black feathers with the exception of a frill of white feathers nearly surrounding the base of the neck.The head is much flattened above. The skin on the necks will vary in color, depending on the age of the birds. Adult birds' skin color can range from cream, pink, yellow, or even orange during breeding season.
Where do Condor live?
The Andean Condor lives in the Andes in south America, whilst the Californian Condor lives in coastal mountains on the western seaboard of the USA.
What does a Condor eat?
Like other vultures, condors are scavengers that feast on the carcasses of large mammals, such as cattle and deer. When a big meal is available, the birds may gorge themselves so much that they must rest for several hours before flying again.
How big is a Condor?
The California condor is the largest flying bird in North America. Their wings may stretch nearly 10 feet (3 meters) from tip to tip. When in flight, these huge birds glide on air currents to soar as high as a dizzying 15,000 feet (4,600 meters).
Did you know?
Condors do not have claws or talons like hawks and eagles but nails resembling toenails.
An ancient relative of the condor may have been the largest flying bird ever with a wingspan of 23 feet.
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