Joseph Schell Photography

Apr 15

The Elusive California Condor

Here’s some info about the birds I found online:

Also here’s some more info about this particular bird. “Crush” #51


The California Condor is the largest North American land bird. They inhabit northern Arizona and southern Utah, coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California.

With a huge 9.8ft wingspan it is the largest of any North American bird, and its weight of up to 26 lb.  It is one of the world’s longest-living birds, with a lifespan of up to 60 years.


While the condor’s numbers dramatically declined in the 20th century due to poaching, lead poisoning, and habitat destruction. A conservation plan was put in place by the United States government that led to the capture of all 22 remaining wild condors in 1987.


These surviving birds were bred at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the Los Angeles Zoo. Numbers rose through captive breeding and, beginning in 1991, condors have been reintroduced into the wild. The California Condor is one of the world’s rarest bird species: as of May 2012, population counts put the number of known condors at 405, including 226 living in the wild and 179 in captivity.

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