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Birds are my favorite outdoor animals. Mainly because of the birdhouses and feeders we have in the back yard. In answer to a earlier article that I read today I decided to look up the largest bird in the USA because I didn't know. Well come to find out the California Condor is the largest northern American land bird.

The bird the Condor has been reintroduced into the wilds of central and southern California over a period of time because the Condor is one of the rarest species of birds. In mid 2014 its numbers had risen to 439. The Condor is one of the longest living birds with a lifespan upwards to 60 years.

These scavengers wingspan can be upwards to 9.5 feet and its weight up to 26 pounds.


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Feisty56 wrote on January 5, 2015, 9:52 PM

These birds have homely faces that put me in mind of vultures. I saw a condor at the Oklahoma City Zoo, although the specific breed I cannot tell you. I know that when it spread its wings in the huge cage, the shadow it cast was immense.

Brenda wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:13 PM

The Condor reminds me of vultures too. It looks like a plane in flight because they are so large with their wing spand.

peachpurple wrote on January 6, 2015, 1:02 AM

that is one ugly condor, bald head that looks like the brother of the vultures

catsholiday wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:03 AM

I like birds but in the wild - I hate it when they get in the house . I can't stand the flapping!! My sister is scared of them and won't go anywhere there are pigeons - tricky in towns in the UK!!

VinceSummers wrote on January 6, 2015, 7:52 AM

They were so rare they were close to extinction... I think they are on the rise now, though I could be wrong on that.

rjsezack wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:32 AM

We have seen them while out in California. They are enormous, and beautiful to see flying. But ugly up close.

Brenda wrote on January 6, 2015, 7:14 PM

Yes they are on the rise from distinction. I'm not sure of the latest since July of 2014 when the numbers were in the 400's in the wild and captivity.

Brenda wrote on January 6, 2015, 7:15 PM

They are one ugly bird but they are amazing when they are in flight for sure.

FreyaYuki wrote on January 7, 2015, 1:24 PM

The image of the bird doesn't look very nice. But it's interesting to hear about the largest north American land bird.

Redrose1 wrote on January 7, 2015, 2:49 PM

Wow they have a wide wing span, hard to tell the difference from the vultures.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 13, 2015, 6:39 AM

I had never heard of them, its certainly a distinctive bird isn't it?

BrenndaMarie wrote on February 3, 2015, 12:20 AM

Very interesting looking bird. I love birds. I have a strange unexplained fascination with them ever since I saw the movie "THE CROW" 20 years ago.

VinceSummers wrote on December 19, 2015, 7:31 AM

They are amazing. As you doubtless know, their numbers had be very severely depleted. My question is, how good is the gene pool? How hearty are the birds?

MegL wrote on December 24, 2015, 2:37 AM

That's a very big bird. Scavengers are not pretty but they are useful.