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Andean Condor

The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is a New World vulture, the largest North American land bird.

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The Andean Condor, endemic to South America, has a wingspan of 9.5 feet!

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The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) is a species of South American bird in the New World vulture family Cathartidae and is the only member of the genus Vultur. Found in the Andes mountains and adjacent Pacific coasts of western South America, the Andean Condor has a wingspan of up to 3.2 m/10.5 ft.

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Andean condor: "The only vulture to occur in the Andes is the huge Andean condor, which has become emblematic of the region. Like all vultures, this bird is a scavenger, with a naked head and short bill designed for eating carrion." Peruvian Wildlife www.bradtguides.com

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The Andean condor is considered endangered but is in far better shape than its California cousin. Perhaps a few thousand South American birds survive, and reintroduction programs are working to supplement that number.

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Condors, around since the ice age can live 70 years! (hunters using lead bullets threaten their survival)

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