The lighting wasn’t quite right here, but until I come across a better lit Vultur gryphus, these will absolutely remain a part of my bird image gallery files. Better than nothing, right?
One of the largest and most unmistakable birds on the planet, the Andean Condor is the national symbol of six South American countries —Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
With a wingspan of up to 3.2m (10.5ft), this large black vulture has few larger rivals in the skies. Primarily a scavenger feeding on carrion, condors have been known to nest at elevations of up to 5,000m (16,000ft). Its range follows the spine of the Andes, through Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, western Argentina, and finally to the continent’s southernmost reaches in Tierra del Fuego. It’s presently considered near threatened by the IUCN.