Condor

Posted at 06/02/2014 by abirdadmin on category Bird Facts, Birds

condor_cover3dCondors are considered to be raptors or birds of prey, although condors only eat carrion. By eating carrion, condors help to recycle the dead animals, allowing smaller vultures and animals to eat, reducing disease and returning nutrients to the soil.

Types of Condors: There are only two species of Condors living – the Andean Condor and the California Condor. The California Condor is on the critically endangered species list.

Geographic Range: Andean Condors live in South America up and down the Andean Mountains, from Ecuador to Chile. California Condors live in California, Utah, Arizona and Baja California.

Length: Adult California Condors are from 43 to 55 in. (109 to 140 cm) while the Andean Condors are 39 to 51 in. (100 to 130 cm) in length. For condors, unlike most other raptors, the males are generally larger than the females.

Wingspan: Adult California Condor wingspan reaches from 8 ft 2 in. to 9 ft 9 in. (249 to 300 cm) while the Andean Condors are 8 ft 10 in to 10 ft 6 in (270 to 320 cm).

Weight:  Adult California Condors weigh from 15 to 31 lbs. (7 to 14.1 kg) while the Andean Condors are 24 to 33 lbs. (11 to 15 kg).

Food: Condors are carrion eaters that typically look for larger dead animals that can be seen from the air, such as cattle, deer, sheep, etc., but will eat smaller animals including sea lions and fish if they can be found.

 

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