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  Meling Guest Ranch, founded since 1913, Condors at the Meling Ranch, Ensenada B.C.
The condor's temporary home is a cluster of pine trees, draped in mylon netting and surrounded by a chain link fence with a view of a canyon that drops toward the Pacific Ocean.
Condors develop a pink and salmon-colored neck and face as they grow older, and Xewe is clearly distinguished from the others, whose heads still have a dark gray, almost ashen complexion.
Condors, nevertheless, are fastidious creatures, and after eating they spend several minutes at water, bathing and then rubbing their necks on rocks.
www.melingguestranch.com /condor.php   (1977 words)

 C CONDOR   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The condors that are kept in captivity are in parks such as: the San Diego Wild Animal Park, the Los Angeles Zoo, and the World Center for Birds of Prey.
Condors were reduced in number when humans began to hunt the bird for sport.
Condors have powerful wings, 8 to 91/2 feet in diameter, with which they like to fly and glide high in the air.
www.hillsborough.k12.nj.us /hhs/endspeci/Birds/CCONDO~1.HTM   (1049 words)

It is not a fighter and have relatively weak claws, though the beak is very strong enabling the Andean Condor to feed from the toughest carcasses.
Condors which normally reside near coasts raid the colonies of seabirds, eating both eggs and chicks.
Andean Condors in captivity are encouraged to multiply by removing the eggs.
www.lairweb.org.nz /vulture/andean.html   (852 words)

 California Condor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The adult plumage is of a uniform fl, with the exception of a frill of fl feathers nearly surrounding the base of the neck and, especially in the male, large triangular patches or bands of white on the underside of the wings which do not appear until the completion of the first moulting.
On wing the movements of the condor, as it wheels in majestic circles, are remarkably graceful.
Condors were released in 1991 and 1992 in California, and again in 1996 in Arizona near the Utah border.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/California_Condor   (1815 words)

 Condors   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
A condor named the California condor is the largest flying bird in North America.
The condor does not have a voice box but communicates by hisses, growls, and grunts combined.
In 1960 the estimate was 50 to 60 condors.
library.thinkquest.org /J0110740/Condors.htm   (129 words)

 condor - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about condor
The Californian condor is one of the largest and heaviest birds in the world.
The Californian condor lays only one egg at a time and may not breed every year.
In 1994, only 89 Californian condors remained, of which only four were in the wild.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /condor   (553 words)

 World Record Birds
Only 61 Californian condors, most of which were bred in captivity, exist in the wild, with about 99 in captivity as of April 2000.
Californian Condors had a high mortality rate due to collisions with power poles.
Condors scheduled to be released to the wild now undergo power pole aversion training.
www.shawcreekbirdsupply.com /world-records.htm   (741 words)

 Center for Biological Diversity - Programs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The condor still hovers on the brink of extinction and reintroduced condors face a variety of threats, including habitat loss, oil and gas drilling activities, lead poisoning, shooting, and collisions with power lines.
Condor AC-8 played an important role in the recovery effort, hatching numerous chicks and providing critical guidance and wisdom to young captive-reared condors that are now in the wild.
She was one of only nine condors with experience living in the wild, and her return to the wild was considered one of the great successes of the recovery program.
www.biologicaldiversity.org /swcbd/programs/sprawl/tejon/index.html   (2563 words)

 Condor (Vultur gryphus (Andean)
The Condor is the world's largest flying bird, with a wingspan of 10 feet (3 m) and weighing up to 25 lbs.
Of the two species, the Andean Condor is still fairly common, but the Californian condor is almost extinct.
Condors are also fantastic fliers, soaring to great heights on the th ermal air currents over mountains.
www.animalweb.com /animalworld/showanimal.asp?iid=100   (204 words)

 California's condors threatened
The California condor is being given a rare second chance to roam the skies again.
Yet, at this critical moment in the recovery of the California condor, Enron is proposing to build a giant condor death trap.
The California condor is one of the rarest of North America's birds.
www.wildlifenews.co.uk /article/october021999b.htm   (453 words)

 Activities Colca - Casa Andina
A trip through Yanque, Maca and Pinchillo to reach the Cross of the Condor, the watchtower from which one can see the flight of the condors and the depth of the Canyon, which at this point is 1,200 metres.
There are two species of condors, the Andean condor in South America and the Californian condor in North America.
The Andean condor has only one partner during its life and builds its nests in steep craggy mountains, where they lay their eggs.
www.casa-andina.com /peru_hotels/en_actividades_colca.php   (1487 words)

 Californian Condor - Endangered Birds - care4nature.org ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Condors feed solely on carrion, the remains of dead animals.
In order to control what the newly released condors eat, the recovery team stocks their sanctuary with stillborn dairy calves, and radio transmitters enable biologists to track the birds every move.
In 1993, five more condors were freed from those in captivity at the Los Angeles Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park, and the breeding program was expanded to include the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho.
www.care4nature.org.cob-web.org:8888 /ecoinfo/endspecies/condor.htm   (336 words)

 Condor released into wild - smh.com.au
Fifteen years after being trapped as part of an ambitious plan to save the wild Californian condor from extinction, one of the last of the species spread its 2.7-metre wings and soared back into the wilds of the Los Padres National Forest.
With extinction imminent, condors were taken from the wild, bred and, starting in 1992, released.
The goal is to develop condor populations of 150 or more - including 15 breeding pairs - in California and Arizona.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2002/05/02/1019441412587.html   (310 words)

 Teratornis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The fingerbones are fused as in all modern birds; however, part of the index finger forms a shelf which aided in bearing the load of long and stout primaries, which enabled the bird to utilize strong upcurrents.
The large number of finds in the La Brea Tar Pits were usually considered to be from teratorns which were attracted by megafauna that became stuck in the viscous asphalt trying to drink from pools of water that gathered on the surface and died, with the teratorns subsequently falling victim to the sticky deposits too.
Despite being a better hunter than the Californian Condor, it still was inferior as a predator of small prey to hawks and even eagles.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Teratornis   (766 words)

 Californian Vulture
"The Californian Vulture inhabits the region of the Columbia river, to the distance of five hundred miles from its mouth, and is most abundant in spring, at which season it feeds on the dead salmon that are thrown upon the shores in great numbers.
It is also often met with near the Indian villages, being attracted by the offal of the fish thrown around the habitations.
The Californian Vulture cannot, however, be called a plentiful species, as even in the situations mentioned it is rare to see more than two or three at a time, and these so shy as not to allow an approach to within a hundred yards, unless by stratagem.
www.audubon.org /bird/BoA/F1_G1a.html   (887 words)

 WAZA - World Association of Zoos and Aquariums - Virtual Zoo
The head is naked except for short bristly, fl feathers on the forehead, and sparingly on the sides of the face.
Because the California condor was doomed to become extinct, the last free-living specimens were captured and an ex situ breeding programme established (AZA Survival Plan).
An aviary for a pair of California condors must have a surface of at least 60 m² and a height of no less than 3 m.
waza.org /virtualzoo/factsheet.php?id=213-001-003-001&...   (272 words)

 california condor, condor californiano, ecology, ecologia, wildlife, vida silvestre, om personal, ingles gratis on line
"Behavioral problems have been common in released young condors that were taken from their parents and reared by puppets in isolation, but not in young condors that were raised by their parents.
The study strongly urges that future releases be limited to parent-reared birds, especially ones that are raised free of all contact with humans in field enclosures that do not resemble human structures.
The authors of the report say the most promising solution is to require hunters to use a new non-toxic ammunition made from a composite of tungsten, tin and bismuth in areas where wild condors live.
www.ompersonal.com.ar /ecology/californiacondor.htm   (921 words)

 Texas A&M Researchers Hoping To Increase World's 183 California Condors   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Oliver Ryder and Marlys Houck) to study the genome, or genetic architecture, of the Californian Condor.
Their goal: to gather as much information about the chromosomes of the Californian Condor as possible to build a platform on which all other genetic research for this species can be built.
If similarities between the condor and chicken chromosomes can be detected, the chicken gene map may be readily used as a "reference book" to better understand the genetic makeup of the Californian Condor, Chowdhary believes.
www.tamu.edu /univrel/aggiedaily/news/stories/02/050302-11.html   (484 words)

 sh: Wildlife in Danger - Brooke Bond Tea Cards
Condors have a larger wing area than any other bird though their 10 foot span is exceeded by Albatrosses.
They resemble vultures not because they are closely related (they are not) but because they so are adapted so soaring highs and a carrion diet.
An extinct (fossil) Condor with a span of 16 fees was the largest flying bird known to science.
www.whom.co.uk /squelch/wildlife_danger.htm   (4550 words)

 Recently Extinct Animals - Saved Animals
The California condor was originally widespread throughout North America, but by the 1800s they were restricted to the west coast, from British Columbia to Baja California.
On 5 November the first young condor was successfully fledged by a captive-produced pair of condors, and it occurred in the Grand Canyon.
The rescue of the Californian condor is an ongoing conservation programme but the successes so far have been inspiring and the population continues to climb; today the condor can once again be seen soaring over the rocky Californian landscape.
www.petermaas.nl /extinct/savedanimals.htm   (1932 words)

 BBC - Science & Nature - Animals - Children's Zone - Californian condor
California condors are the largest flying bird in North America, with a wingspan of around three metres.
Condors glide from trees or ledges using 'thermals'.
A condor's bald head, which is red or orange, is easier to clean than feathers.
www.bbc.co.uk /nature/reallywild/amazing/californian_condor.shtml   (303 words)

 About John Nielsen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
John Nielsen is a fourth-generation Californian who grew up in a small town at the base of the wild condor's last hideout, in the mountains Ventura County, California.
He has worked with condor field teams based in California and Arizona; he has met repeatedly with condor scientists at the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos, and with bitter critics of the ìhands-onî school of condor management.
He believes the condor is the soul of The American West; once, big and wild, now diminished, always worth fighting for.
www.condorbook.com /nielsen.html   (251 words)

 BirdForum - Did we do the right thing?
If the capture of the last free-flying condor, many years ago, had not been done, that bird would be 'extinct' now, never to be re-coverd.
I had been working hard to learn all of the complex id features of Californian Condor in preparation for the fabulous views that awaited me. However, shortly after arriving in the US I read a magazine article that announced that the last one had been taken into captivity about a month before.
I remember at the time some of them were saying that the solution for the condor's survival was better management of the condors' refuges and public education.
www.birdforum.net /showthread.php?t=58326   (1317 words)

 TEA: Hubbard- -- 2.28.2000
The largest and most impressive is the Andean Condor, similar to our Californian Condor.
A condor swooped over the hill we were standing on, passing within 20 feet of us.
The other large bird, much more common than the condor, is the Lesser Rhea (locally called the Nandu), a flightless ostrich-like bird that inhabits the grassland and steppe along with the guanacos and sheep estancias.
tea.armadaproject.org /hubbard/2.28.2000.html   (688 words)

 California Condor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The California Condor is the largest bird in North america.
The condor's total body length can get up to 46-55 inches.
You would find the Californian Condor in a cave or a cliff.
www.rres.srvusd.k12.ca.us /teacher-pages/students/petfever/california_condor.htm   (61 words)

 Young boy captures rare shot of elusive California condor - North County Times - State / West -
Wildlife experts say the last condor was probably seen in Topanga's skies around 1898.
Captive-bred condors have been released in the forest's Sespe Condor Sanctuary and adjoining Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in an attempt to reintroduce them to the wilds.
She studied Gabriel's picture in hopes of identifying the bird, but the image was too dark to show identifying features.
www.californian.com /articles/2006/11/03/news/state/17_34_2411_2_06.txt   (716 words)

 AmericanHeritage.com / A Heritage in Peril
Southern California’s last forty condors, huge scavengers from the ice age with wings spanning nine and a half feet, are being made more secure at their Sisquoc Falls roost by its reclassification as the San Raphael Wilderness Area; but they face destruction in another part of the Los Padres National Forest.
Builders of a proposed dam on Sespe Creek, just north of their nesting grounds, are planning to drive an access road from the town of Fillmore directly through the heart of the refuge.
Most of them were more concerned about the project’s effect upon their tax bill than upon the condors, however.
www.americanheritage.com /articles/magazine/ah/1966/5/1966_5_4.shtml   (4689 words)

 It's now a bit easier being green - and endangered - www.smh.com.au
The lizard is recognised as a critically-endangered species, with only one viable population found on the island of Yadua Taba.
But its fortunes, alongside other animals including the Californian condor and golden lion tamarin from Brazil, are changing.
Conservationists say there is growing public awareness about the impacts of development and a growing human population on the natural environment.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2004/01/04/1073151211124.html?from=storyrhs   (455 words)

 Young People's Trust for the Environment
Mr Cole Lewis pleaded guilty to killing the condor and has been banned from hunting in the US for five years.
The prosecution said the bird that was shot was more than 30 years old had spent 14 years in a captive breeding programme where she had 12 offspring before being released into the wild in 2000.
The condor is the biggest bird in North America and has been in decline for more than 100 years.
www.yptenc.org.uk /docs/dailygecko_news/archives/21.08.03.html   (766 words)

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