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The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)

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Accounts from the mid-19th century indicate that this speciews was scarce even then. Throughout most of the 20th century the California Condor was harrased, shot and even poisoned, and by the 1970s scarcely 30 birds survived. During the 1980s researchers captured the few remaining wild birds and began captive breeding programs. These have been succesful, but it remains not to be seen if reintroduction into natural habitats will ultimately suceed.
45-55" (114-140 cm) A massive black bird with wingspan up to 9 feet (275 cm). Adults show large areas of white feathers on the forward part of the wing. They have reddish-orange, featherless heads and black ruffs or neck collars. They weight from 7 to 14 kg (15 to 31lb), their normal average weight goes from 8 to 9 kg (18 to 20 lb).
Habitat: Mountainsides and open brush country, Nests in cliffside ledges.
National Audubon Society - North American Birds of Prey.
Range: Historically from the Columbia River in Oregon south throught Lower california. During the 20th century, restricted to southern California.

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