Andean condors (Vultur gryphus) are among the largest birds in the world that are able to fly. The condor relies on

Condor at the Cincinnati Zoo in Eagle Eyrie.

its huge wings—they have the largest wing area of any bird—and strong winds to stay aloft. While soaring overhead, the condor uses its excellent eyesight to search the land below for carcasses.

After eating, the condor rubs its bald head and neck back and forth across the ground to wipe off any messy bits.Riding the winds, the condor only needs to flap its wings about once an hour.High fliers, Andean condors soar at heights up to 18,000 feet. That’s higher than 12 Sears Towers’ stacked on top of one another!


  • Length: 3.3 to 4.3 ft
  • Weight: 24 to 33 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 70 yrs in captivity
  • Wingspan: Up to 10.5 ft
  • Habitat: Desert, mountains, and coasts
  • Diet: Carrion
  • Range: Western South America
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)
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