Caution is always a good thing when dealing with big raptors like these two Andean Condors. And despite Steve’s experience, I was still nervous when I was inside their enclosure. These are some BIG Birds!
Patricia Sund is a Free-Lance Writer residing in Florida with her three African Greys. She has been published in About.com, Bird Talk Magazine, Birds USA, In Your Flock Magazine, Good Bird Magazine as well as numerous websites and newsletters. She is currently doing research for a book titled "Parrot Nation".
September 17, 2009 at 9:37 am
JJ Barry sent this to me in an email and it’s important so I would like to post this as a correction to my Condor story
Thanks for the help JJ!
I thought you might like to know that new world vultures, including condors, are not considered raptors (falconiformes/accipitriformes). It is a common misconception because for a long time they were placed in that order and the old world vultures are of the order accipitriformes. The condors are of the order ciconiiformes, the same order as storks. Condors and storks both eat carrion (as you already know) and have a good sense of smell. Raptors, and most birds, don’t have a good sense of smell. I just recently found out that there are some biologists that believe these birds should have their own order.
Keep up the great videos and watch your shoelaces with those keas…do you need a shoelace replacement carepackage?
September 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm
released into the wild, wonderful!
September 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm
incredible! thanks Patricia and STeve!