Information about the Andean Condor:
The Andean Condor is a species of South American bird in the New World vulture family Cathartidae and is the only member of the genus Vultur. The large birds of prey are native to the Andes mountains and adjacent Pacific coasts of western South America. They have one of the largest wingspans of all birds in the world – 10.5 feet or 3.2 meters. Males have a is a wattle on the neck and a large, dark red comb or caruncle on the crown of the head. Unlike most birds of prey, the male is actually larger than the female. The Andean Condor is mostly a scavenger, soaring over the mountains and valleys of the Andes, looking for carrion, such as deer or domestic animals like cows. While they can be found at nearly any elevation, they usually build their nests at elevations of up to 16,000 feet or 5,000 meters, usually in inaccessible rock ledges. The condor can live to be up to 100 years in captivity, which makes them one of the world’s longest-living birds, with a lifespan of up to 100 years old in captivity. The Andean Condor is a national symbol of Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador. The Andean Condor is considered near threatened, due to by habitat loss and by secondary poisoning from carcasses killed by hunters.