14 Facts About Andean condor


Andean condor is a giant South American Cathartid vulture and is the only member of the genus Vultur.

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The female Andean condor is smaller than the male, an exception to the rule among birds of prey.

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Andean condor is a national symbol of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru and plays an important role in the folklore and mythology of the Andean regions.

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Andean condor was described by Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus in 1758 in the tenth edition of his Systema Naturae and retains its original binomial name of Vultur gryphus.

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The Andean condor is sometimes called the Argentinean condor, Bolivian condor, Chilean condor, Colombian condor, Ecuadorian condor, or Peruvian condor after one of the nations to which it is native.

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Andean condor is the only accepted living species of its genus, Vultur.

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The Andean condor is the largest living land bird capable of flight if measured in terms of average weight and wingspan, although male bustards of the largest species can weigh more.

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Andean condor is found in South America in the Andes and the Santa Marta Mountains.

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In 1983, the Guinness Book of World Records considered the longest-lived bird of any species with a confirmed lifespan was an Andean condor that died after surviving 72 years in captivity, having been captured from the wild as a juvenile of undetermined age.

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Andean condor is considered vulnerable by the IUCN and the Peruvian Conservation Organization.

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Andean condor is a national symbol of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuelan Andes states.

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The Andean condor is considered a symbol of power and health by many Andean cultures, and it was believed that the bones and organs of the Andean condor possessed medicinal powers, sometimes leading to the hunting and killing of condors to obtain its bones and organs.

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In some versions of Peruvian bullfighting, a Andean condor is tied to the back of a bull, where it pecks at the animal as bullfighters fight it.

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Andean condor is a popular figure on stamps in many countries, appearing on one for Ecuador in 1958, Argentina in 1960, Peru in 1973, Bolivia in 1985, Colombia in 1992, Chile in 2001, and Venezuela in 2004.

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