What are condors and where do they live?

Large Dark Vulture

Condors are large, dark vultures that can be found living high up in the remote parts of the California Mountains of North America, and in the higher mountains of South America.

A condor may grow to be over 4 feet long and have a wingspread of nearly 11 feet.  It is one of the largest flying birds in the world.  The condor is useful to man as an animal garbage collector.  It helps keep the ground clean by feeding on dead animals which otherwise might present a health danger.

Like all vultures, condors have small, naked heads and hooked beaks.  They have no voice, but hiss like a snake when disturbed.  Though ugly to look at, condors are powerful and graceful in flight.  They spend much of their time wheeling and circling high overhead searching for food.

Their remarkable eyesight can spy out the smallest dead animal from great heights.  Because their wings are so large and heavy, baby condors are nearly a year old before they have the strength to soar.  – Dick Rogers

 

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