Why are condors so big

Together we bring the largest bird of prey on earth to the Riegersburg

In the regions where the Andean condor is still more numerous, some peculiarities in behavior can be observed. Young condors are literally taught the art of flying by adult birds in "flight schools". The young birds get to know the landscape with its special features. A certain form of hierarchy can be seen both in the development of food sources and in the flight routes in the mountains. The flight routes are different for inexperienced juvenile condors than for the more experienced adult birds.

Like other carrion birds, the condor can survive for up to a month and a half without any food. Condors can live up to 85 years in captivity and around 40 years in the wild. It can fly up to 7000 meters and reach a top speed of 55 km / h. Condors are monogamous, the female condor lays one egg per year and the incubation period is 54-58 days. The young birds are nestled and are looked after by their parents for a total of two years.

The myth of the ANDEAN CONDOR

For centuries, the Andean condor was the unrestricted king of the South American skies. At times when the mountains were mainly inhabited by Indians, who lived in harmony with nature and often saw deities in the animals of the high mountains, the condor was highly revered. When western settlers advanced into the mountains and brought their flocks with them, the condors were doomed.

Attracted by easy prey, pumas followed the herds and killed animals. Because the condors, as scavengers, devoured the remains of the dead animals - up to 20 condors can be found on a wracked sheep - they too became a symbol of a hostile environment for the farmers and therefore hunted mercilessly. To date, the population has not been able to recover, on the contrary, the condor population continues to decline. There is something unsettling about the death of a condor, at least that's what people in the Andes believe. At the end of his life he will fly as high as possible and dive into a dive where he can reach high speeds. He ends his life shattered on a mountain face. According to tradition, the condor has followed this tradition for millions of years