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The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus)

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The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) is a South American bird in the New World vulture family Cathartidae and is the only member of the genus Vultur. Found in the Andes mountains and adjacent Pacific coasts of western South America, the Andean condor is the largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan. It has a maximum wingspan of 3.20 mt
The Andean condor wingspan, ranges from 270 to 320 cm. It is weights from 11 to 13 kg for males and 8 to 11 kg for females. Overall length can range from 100 to 130 cm.
Pictures of captive Condor taken in Parque Nacional Sierra de la Culata in Merida, Venezuela


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Captive Andean Condor in Parque Nacional Laguna de la Culata in Estado Merida, Venezuela, their situation in Venezuela is very critical with only about 20 Andean Condors in the Wild in this Natural Park in the Venezuelan Andes. It is very hard to see one wild Condor because you need a permission to go to the place where you can see them.


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Taken from the book Aves de Presa (Dr Ian Newton y Penny Olsen)

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Andean Condors



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Credit to Juan Carlos Navarrot

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Andean condors are huge incredible birds of prey but sadly their numbers are very low in Venezuela, they don`t find good number of dead animals to feed themselves like they do in other parts where you find good healthy numbers like Chile and Argentina. Numbers in Venezuela are alarming with about 20 Andean Condors, other big problem is that many people still believe that they can attack and carry little children away, they don`t have power in their talons like the Eagles do as can be seen in picture of its feet but is very hard to make people believe it, hope they can reproduce and have better future in Venezuela.

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Taken from the book Birds of Venezuela (David Ascaniio, Gustavo Rodriguez and Robin Restall

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Andean condors travel big distances looking for dead animals to eat them, all their diet is carrion.
Credit to Karl Weidmann

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