California Condor

Condors Reach New Milestone of Survival, Thanks to Tree-Climbing Biologists loading...
Condors Reach New Milestone of Survival, Thanks to Tree-Climbing Biologists
Condor climbers scramble up redwoods to give a helping hand to North America’s largest bird, a pink-headed giant that has managed to survive since the Pleistocene.
About California Condor

The California condor is the largest flying bird in North America. Their wings may stretch nearly 10 feet (3 metres) 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 metres).

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.

Fast Facts 

Type: Bird

Diet: Carnivore

Average life span 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)

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