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Interesting facts about Andean condors

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Giant Scavenger

These majestic and enormous birds can be observed soaring over the vast Andes mountains in search of carrion. During flight, they practically do not move their wings, relying on gliding flight. The peoples living in the Andes, the kingdom of condors, have worshiped and idolize these animals for centuries. The flying condor motif is a common element in the fabrics of the Indian tribes of this region. Despite the relatively high altitude at which the Andean condor lives, and the resulting difficult access to its nests, this species is endangered.


The Andean condor is a bird from the Andean family.


They are one of the largest flying birds in the world.

Their wingspan is second only to four other bird species. The wingspan of the Andean condor ranges from 2,6 to 3,2 meters.

They are found in the Andes and adjacent areas of the ocean coast.


They are the national symbols of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

They also play an important role in the mythology and culture of the peoples of the Andean region.

Among many peoples living in the Andes, the condor was considered a symbol of strength and health, so it was often hunted to obtain the bones and organs of these birds.


Condors are scavengers, although they sometimes feed on stolen eggs, such as from cormorants.

When it comes to carrion, they prefer larger carcasses, such as alpacas, llamas, deer, or cattle.

Condors can travel more than 200 kilometers a day in search of carrion.


During flight, condors practically do not flap their wings. The majority of the flight of these birds is gliding.

According to Charles Darwin, who watched condors for more than half an hour, he was never able to observe the flapping of their wings.

Condor nests can be found at an altitude of 5000 meters above sea level.


They live in the upper parts of the mountains, in treeless, rocky areas.


The condor can reach from 100 to 130 centimeters in length, with males larger than females.


The body weight of males ranges from 11 to 15 kilograms, females from 8 to 11 kilograms.


The Andean region was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758.


These birds are monogamous; there are cases where condors mate for 50 years.


Andean condors breed once every two years. During breeding, the female usually lays 1 egg, but sometimes lays 2.


To cool their bodies, condors defecate on their feet.

This phenomenon is common in these birds and is called urohidrosis.

The eggs are incubated by both the female and the male. The incubation period ranges from 54 to 60 days.

Young condors become capable of flight only six months after hatching, but remain with their parents for about 2 years after birth.

Andean condors reach sexual maturity only at 5-6 years.


Andean people can live up to 70 years, but they usually live shorter lives.


The Andean condor is endangered.

Factors threatening these animals include loss of habitats and poisoning resulting from the consumption of human-harvested animal remains using poison.
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