Animals Birds

Animals Birds

Andean Condor


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Vultur gryphus
PROFILE:

This impressive vulture soars through the sky with a wingspan of up to 10 feet! Unfortunately, they face threats from farmers, pesticides, and their slow reproduction rate. The Andean condor does not reach sexual maturity until it is 7-11 years old. Both parents are active in raising the chick for up to two years, so they only hatch a chick every other year.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Falconiformes (diurnal birds of prey, primarily carrion)
NATIVE TO:
western South America
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Near threatened
DIET:
Carnivore (primarily a scavenger of carrion)
LIFESPAN:
Wild - up to 30 years; maximum longevity is 75 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary; pairs
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