California condor is a North America’s largest flying bird. It travels widely to feed on carcasses of deer, pigs, and other animals. It can survive up to two weeks without eating.
Its body is black, with striking white patches under the wings. It has a red-to-orange head and beak. It nests in caves on cliffs of tall mountains.
California condors live in rocky shrubland, coniferous forests, and oak savannas. They are often found near cliffs or large trees, which they use as nesting sites.
The California condor is one of the world’s longest-living birds, with a lifespan of up to 60 years.
The body is feathered in black with large white patches on the underside of the wings; a black feather ruff rings the neck. The sexes are alike in coloring and plumage.
The most valuable role of carrion feeders is the safe disposal of dead, decomposing and diseased animals, protecting human and animal co-habitants from ill effect.
California condors have a very hardy and effective immune system, so they don’t get sick from any of the bacteria they may come in contact with when feeding on decaying animals.
California condors are tidy birds; they like to groom themselves – plumage is carefully preened and kept well arranged; the bare head and neck are cleaned after feeding – by rubbing them on grass, rocks, or branches.
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