Bird

California Condor

Area: 
Small areas of Arizona, California, and Baja California, Mexico
Habitat: 
Rocky cliffs in pine-covered mountains
Food: 
Carrion
Size: 
Wingspan of 8 to 9 1/2 feet
Babies: 
It can take a week for a California condor chick to hatch out of its thick-shelled egg.
These birds don't have vocal chords—they can only make grunting and hissing noises.
The Clean-up Crew

Condors, like other vultures, eat carrionThe remains of a dead animal that is then eaten by other animals, such as vultures and hyenas.. Without them, things would get messy in the ecosystemAll living things depending on one another to survive in a certain area.! Because they stick their heads inside of dead animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. carcasses, it is important that they stay clean so they don't get sick from the bacteriaVery tiny plants. Bacteria are so small that they can only be seen through a microscope. Some kinds of bacteria cause disease. Others do useful things, like making soil richer. they are exposed to. Their bald heads keep rotting food from sticking. They also clean their head and neck after eating by rubbing them on grass, rocks, or branches.

 

The California condor populationThe number of a kind of animal that lives in a place. For example, San Francisco has a big seagull population; New York City has a population of several million people. is now close to 400 birds, with almost 200 living in the wild. For a lot of speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent., those numbers would not be good; but considering that there were only 22 birds left in the wild in 1987, the current populationThe number of a kind of animal that lives in a place. For example, San Francisco has a big seagull population; New York City has a population of several million people. numbers are remarkable.

 

California condors still face a number of challenges. Because they eat dead creatures, condors can get lead poisoning by feeding on animals that were killed with lead bullets. Condor chicks have also died from eating little pieces of trash (microtrash) found in their habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows..