Andean Condor

Andean condors are massive birds, among the largest in the world that are able to fly. These birds prefer to live in windy areas where they can glide on air currents with little effort. Andean condors are found in mountainous regions but also live near coasts replete with ocean breezes and even deserts that feature strong thermal air currents.

Condors are mostly black, but males have a distinctive white collar around their necks and some white markings on their wings as well.

Condors are vultures, so they keep their sharp eyes peeled for the carrion that makes up most of their diet. They prefer to feast on large animals, wild or domestic, and in picking the carcasses. Along the coasts, condors will feed on dead marine animals like seals or fish.

Andean condors reproduce slowly. A mating pair produces only a single offspring every other year, and both parents must care for their young for a full year.

Andean Condor @ Safari Niagara

  • Safari Niagara is home to Tucker, the Andean condor.
  • Tucker arrived at Safari Niagara from Granby Zoo in Quebec on May 2, 2011.
  • Birthday: June 10, 1979
  • Tucker, the Andean condor, can be found in the Birds of Prey area.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cathartiformes
Family: Cathartidae
Genus: Vultur
Species: Vultur Gryphus

Did you know?

  • The Andean condor is a national symbol of Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador. It plays an important role in the folklore and mythology of the Andean regions.
  • The Andean condor is considered an endangered species and is threatened by habitat loss and by secondary poisoning from carcasses killed by hunters.
  • Captive breeding programs have been instituted in several countries for the Andean condor.