California Condor
California Condor
Range Northern Arizona and Southern Utah (including the Grand Canyon area and Zion National Park), coastal mountains of Central and Southern California, and northern Baja California
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Cathartiformes
Family Cathartidae
Genus Gymnogyps
Species Gymnogyps californianus
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered

The California condor is one of the rarest birds in the world. By 1982, there were fewer than 25 left in the wild. Today, due to captive breeding programmes, it's numbers have increased to 200. The captive birds were released back into the wild in the 1990s. They will be recaptured if they fail to thrive. The condor became endangered through hunting, poisoning by pesticides and lead, and low reproduction rates. The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is a species of bird of prey. It is critically endangered due to poaching. Only 200 birds remain in the wild. The number is dwindling due to lead poisoning. It is 4-4 1/2 ft. long. It has a wingspan of up to 10 ft. It weighs 18-31 lb. It is restricted to Arizonia. You can sometimes see condors at the Grand Canyon. It has a mainly black plumage with a orange/yellow head. It spends most of its time circling high above its home. It glides on thermals, hot air that rises in a colum. All of the wild condors have wing tags so that scientists can study them.

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