With a wingspan of up to 24 feet, the Andean condor is one of the largest flying birds in the world. The Andean condor’s diet consists primarily of carrion and other animals that have died naturally.
The Andean Condor has been around for over 40 million years. This large species can be found living across much of South America. Its diet mainly consists of carrion and any other animal that has died naturally, which they find by circling high above their territory looking out for anything unusual on the ground below.
The Andean condor is a vulture and prefers to live in high places. They can often be found in the mountains, where they will happily spend their time because of the cooler weather that is associated with them. These flightless birds have been known to fly up to 100 miles per hour when taking off from the ground, however, they have been known to have a hard time taking off from a flat surface. If they do take off from a small area, they end up hurting themselves by the talons scraping against the ground and causing themselves injury.
Because of their massive wingspan, condors are very well adapted for gliding. This makes it possible for them to coast on thermal currents for hours on end. Their wings are wider when spread out compared to other flying birds, meaning they are more stable in the air while gliding. As a result of this, it is possible for condors to soar for exceptionally long periods of time without having to flap their wings at all.
The Andean condor has a very interesting adaptation that allows it to stay cool while soaring in the warm air currents of the sky. It has a special network of veins inside its massive wings, which allow it to circulate blood all around its body and expel heat. These large birds also have an average life expectancy of 50 years, making them one of the longest living species on Earth.