Birds - Tom Helinski
Andean Condor

Andean Condor

Considered the 'largest flying bird in the world' an adult Andean Condor's wingspan can reach up to 3.2 meters (10.5 feet) and weigh up to 15 kg (33 pounds). It is the largest raptor in the world. The birds are black with white neck ruffles and featherless (bald) heads. The Andean Condor is the national symbol of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. The Andean condor was placed on the Endangered Species List in 1973 and is in danger of becoming extinct due primarily to over hunting. Many farmers shoot these birds because they mistakenly believe the condors kill their livestock. Pesticide poisoning through the food chain has also hurt populations.
This photo was taken at the National Aviary located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA. The Chilean condor facility is a large open enclosure display.

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