The Andean Condor

It is a species of birds that lives in South America and a huge bird that is among the largest in the world capable of flying. Since approximately weigh up to 15 kilograms, including its huge wingspan which reaches to measure between 3 meters. It needs some help to stay in the air.


They reach their sexual maturity at 5 or 6 years of age, is a national symbol of Peru has an important role in the folklore and mythology of the Andean regions of South America.

For this reason, they prefer to live in areas of higher wind, where they can plan on the air currents without great effort. The Andean condors live in mountainous areas, as the name suggests, as well as near the coast where sea breezes abound, and even in deserts with strong thermal air currents.


This type of condors are usually black, also have a characteristic white collar, in addition to some markings of the same color on the wings. Like their relatives, the California condors, the Andeans wear bald heads.

The condors are characterized by being vultures; that is why his accurate eyes are always attentive in search of carrion, which makes up most of his diet. They prefer to feed on large animals whether domesticated or wild, to consume these bodies do an important job as sweepers of nature. On the coast, these birds feed on dead marine animals, such as seals or fish. These huge birds lack sharp claws of predators, but usually assail nests in search of eggs, even chicks.


This majestic birds have survived more than 75 years in captivity, but reproduce slowly. Each breeding pair only has one offspring every 2 years and both parents must take care of it for a whole year.

The Andean condor is one of the threatened species, but its situation is much better than that of its cousin of California, at present there are about several thousand South American condors in freedom, in the same way the reintroduction programs are working to raise the number of copies.


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