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California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
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California Condors (Gymnogyps californianus)

General Description: California Condors (Gymnogyps californianus) are massive birds with wing spans to 9 feet (3 m). Adult California Condors are black overall except for the naked head, which is red, and the white feet. In flight, the leading portion of the underwing is white (in Turkey Vultures, the trailing edge is white). Juvenile condors have a dark head and mottled wing linings. In flight, the wings are held flat (Turkey Vultures hold their wings with the tips up).

Taxonomy: Accipitriformes, Cathartidae.

Favored Habitat: Open skies, cliffs, and places with lots of dead cows.

Taxonomy: Accipitriformes, Cathartidae (vultures)

California Condors (Gymnogyps californianus)

Where to Find: Released into the wild near the Grand Canyon, the place to find California Condors is the back porch of the Bright Angel Lodge, one of the large hotels at the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Another good place to find condors is the bridge over the Colorado River on Highway Alt-89 just west of Page, Arizona. The birds like to sit on the bridge.

Comments: The last of the wild condors was removed from the wild in 1987. I was fortunate to see them in about 1984. Since then, they have been kept in captivity, and recently they have been reintroduced into the wild in southern California and northern Arizona. For some reason, they seem to like the attention they get at the Grand Canyon.

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
California Condors soaring over the Grand Canyon
it truly is a grand canyon!
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
California Condor on cliffs below Bright Angel Lodge (natural view, the camera is not zoomed)
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
Two adult California Condors on cliffs below Bright Angel Lodge. The wing tag (#61) is visible on the bird on the right.
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
Adult California Condor preening its back. Notice the brood patch on the chest.
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
In flight, note the wing lining (leading part of the underwing) are white, while in Turkey Vultures, the trailing edge is white.
California Condors (Gymnogyps californianus)
California Condor
Notice the red head devoid of feathers
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
Vermillion Cliffs Condor Hack Site
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
Vermillion Cliffs Condor Hack Site
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
California Condor at Marble Canyon Bridge
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
California Condor habitat at Marble Canyon Bridge

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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