The California Condor

The California Condor

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Submitted: March 26, 2017

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A Curious Creature

“Darn those Europeans!” When the Europeans arrived in North America condors could be found throughout the regions along the Pacific Coast. With the increased population of European immigrants and future Americans who hunted these areas some habitat was lost. Later illegal shootings and lead poisoning caused the entire wild known population to be reduced to just nine birds. This mysterious odd-ball bird happens to be called the California Condor.

These background facts about the California Condor are stranger than queer. While flying the California Condor can reach 15,000 feet off the ground! Wow that is high! The scientific name of this animal is Gymnogyps californianus. (That is pronounced gym-no-gyps californ-ys.) The lifespan of the California Condor is 80 years at the most.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder for the California Condor’s characteristics. The wingspan of the California Condor can reach 10 feet wide! The adult Condor is mostly black with white underwing patches. This scavenger bird can reach 4 ft. and 5 inches in length. The condor has feathers everywhere except for the head. ( When it eats it can get a little messy. ) Also it’s top weight is 31 lbs.

The diet and habitat of this bird that used to be endangered may be more interesting than you think. the California condor prefers to live in habitats that are deserts. In north America they like to live in California and Arizona. Believe it or not, the California Condor doesn’t have a good sense of smell, but instead he/she uses his/her great eyesight to find his way to his meal. The California Condor helps keep the U.S. clean in it’s own unique way, he helps by eating carcases (which are dead animals) like deer, goats, sheep, donkeys, horses, cows, pigs,cougars, bears, coyotes, and even whales!

Sure enough your jaw will  drop when you read these facts. The skin on top of the condor’s head reflects the emotions it’s having like a mood ring. This bird flies up to 164 miles each day searching for food. This odd-lot doesn’t have any vocal chords, so instead the condor forces air through its body so he can let out a loud screech. This species of condor mainly glide instead of using their strong wings to fly.

In closing, the California Condor plays a big part in our eco-system, so please don’t harm them. By the way, today California Condors are not considered endangered any more. That doesn’t mean you should harm them, it means don’t let them become endangered again.

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