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Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)

 

 

Did you know?

That there is a strong belief that the condors prey on livestock, so farmers are justified in shooting to protect their flocks? Indeed, the condors are scavengers, feeding on corpses. Thus, they have an important role, and that is to eliminate potential sources of diseases.

The Andean Condor is the largest New World South America. It has a total length from 109 to 146 cm and a wingspan of up to 330 cm. The head is bald with small bristles, red or blackish red with a large fleshy crest. It has a collar of white feathers at the base of the neck. The body plumage is glossy black, with white feathers on the wing. The bill is ivory with a slate base, the legs are gray. Females are similar to males, but lack the crest and the neck is smaller. Juveniles are completely dark brown color. The head has no crest and is covered with hairy feathers short.