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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.

andean condor in the snow

Did You Know?

The Right Tool: As a scavenger, the condor uses its strong, curved beak to tear apart a carcass.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Vultur gryphus

Desert, mountains, grasslands and coasts

3.3 to 4.3 ft

46 yrs

Zoo Location:
Andean Condor Aviary


Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)