Andean Condor

Vultur gryphus

Among the largest flying birds in the world, the Andean condor relies on its huge wings—the largest wing area of any bird—and strong winds to stay aloft. While soaring overhead, the condor only flaps its wings about once an hour. It can spot a carcass from several miles away.

Learn more: Since 1989, the Cincinnati Zoo has partnered with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Andean Condor Species Survival Plan (SSP) to bolster endangered Andean condor populations in South America through breeding in zoos and reintroduction.

Fact File

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Species Survival Plan Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Condor Flight
lengthLength: 3.3 to 4.3 ft
weightWeight: 18 to 33 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 46 yrs
wingspanWingspan: Up to 10.5 ft
habitatHabitat: Desert, mountains, grasslands and coasts
dietDiet: Carrion
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)