The Andean Condor, at the moment is in danger extinction,  starting from the aggression that suffered from  part of the new inhabitants from America during five centuries.

In Venezuela´s Andes this presence stop to exist in 1965 with the flight of the last condor.

Today, thanks to the effort generated from 1991 by the Conservation Program  of the Andean Condor that raises condors artificially in Buenos Aires Zoo, we can be witness of the condors that extinguished more than 30 years ago in that area.

This event was transmitted via Internet to inform, day by day, to millions people from all over the world that happened in real time toasting, also, the possibility to act concretely in the care of the atmosphere through the support to laws and conservation programs.


It is distributed in South America along the Mountain Range from Venezuela to Earth of the Fire and  States, in Argentina. 160 ago their distribution reached the  Atlantic Coast. Maybe, in other 160 years they spoken of a big great bird that inhabited the Mountain Range.




Longitude: 1 to 1,20 meters from the head to the line.

Span: (it distances from the tip from a wing to the other one): 4 meters or more.

I weigh: Generally beat the 13,5 Kg.


Adults: (male and female): reddish Neck. In their inferior part a necklace of white down appears. The plumage is black, except in the back of the wings where it is white.

Sexual Dimorphism: The males are bigger than the females, they present a crest in their head and they have the ris of brown color, as long as in the females, they don't possess the crest and the iris it is red.

Characteristic of the coroners:  The Condor is par excellence a coroners, it possesses a head and neck lacking feathers, what facilitates the cleaning after eating, being rubbed against the floor or the rocks can be robbed of the remains of blood or carrion that are stuck when putting his long neck inside the cadavers. A strong and sharp pick allows them to open the leathers but hard that other coroner’s could not break. Their paws possess four fingers, three big front fingers with blunt fingernails and little curved, a fourth opposed finger that this outside of the plane of the previous ones and little developed

Period of incubation: it is from 54 to 65 days, and it is shared between the male and the female. They have a drop it appraises reproductive (1 breeding each 2 or 3años). The pigeon is of habits nidícola remaining in this among 6 to 8 months, during this period the parents bring him the food in his great crop.

The sexual maturity is manifested between the 8 and 10 years. They possess a complex social behavior, what allows them to increase the probabilities of finding their food, the carrion.

A marked hierarchy exists when eating, first they will make it the mature males, then the mature females and later juvenile lost .









by George Zuvic


Photo: George Zuvic Páramo Mifafi - Cóndor Macho  Mérida - Venezuela