Condor (Vultur Gryphus)

The Andean Condor can be found in the Andes Mountain Range found in South America. They cover a wide range hunting over grassland, rain forest and coastal areas. They live where winds are strongest allowing for more efficient travel. A condor can travel over 100 miles in a single day in search of food.

The Andean condor has a wing span of up to ten feet which allows for long periods of travel. This also allows for the bird to expend the least amount of energy when soaring above areas in search of prey. The condor's feathers allow it to live in cold temperatures at higher altitudes. The condor is a scavenger which means that it eats animals that are already dead. This adaptation allows the condor to preserve energy because it does not need to hunt its food, it just has to locate a previous kill.

Incubation occurs for 58 to 62 days. This is the length of time that it takes the eggs to hatch. A condor will have one egg at a time, and depending on the amount of food available a chick will stay with its parent for longer than a month, which is a long period of time for birds. In this time the chick will learn how to fly and how to recognize prey. A condor will reproduce about one egg a year.

The Andean Condor feeds on any animals that have already died, this means that the animal could have died due to predation or human interference such as road kill. This means that as a scavenger the condor is helping speed the decomposition process of the dead animal. As well this means that the condor will sometimes compete with other animals for a fresh kill, whether it be a jaguar or spectacle bear. The condor had great significance in Incan culture and it was said that the sun rose and set from the wings of a condor.

Body Length 0.99 - 1.30 metres
Tail Length N/A
Wingspan 3.05 metres
Life Span N/A
Weight 8.21 - 10.43 kilograms