Andean Condor

Andean Condor

With a wingspan of over 10ft, the Andean condor is a bird out of time. An ancient, large black vulture, it evolved to take advantage of a period in history when there were large herds of animals roaming the Americas, the last of which was the bison. It’s hung on in South America, but with the disappearance of such herds, its numbers are probably in terminal decline. I don’t necessarily regard its impending extinction as a bad thing  –  most of the animals which were around with them millions of years ago have long gone. In a way, it’s like a dinosaur bird.