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Andean Condor

Vultur gryphus


This is one of the largest birds in the world with a wingspan of up to 3,2 metres (10.5ft). The male is black with a ruff of white feathers surrounding the neck. The female is brownish. Unlike most birds of prey, the male is larger than the female. The condor is primarily a scavenger, feeding on carrion. It prefers large carcasses, such as those of deer or cattle. The bald head is useful when sticking its head in partially rotten meat. We wouldn't want decomposing flesh on our feathers, wouldn't we? In the pictures you can see females and males, as spotted in the Andes near Santiago de Chile.


The Andean condor is found in South America in the Andes, including the Santa Marta Mountains.

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remco.douma 9 years ago

Thank you Rosa María!

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 9 years ago

Wow! What magnificent photos!

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Lo Barnechea, XIII Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile

Spotted on Nov 2, 2014
Submitted on Dec 13, 2014

Spotted for Mission

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