Scientific Classification: Aves - Accipitriformes - Cathartidae - Gymnogyps californianus (Vultur gryphus)
With its length up to 55 inches (1.4 meters) and wingspan up to 9.5 feet (2.9 meters) the California Condor is the largest bird of prey in North America (but male is bigger than female). The bird eats meat (prefer large carrion) and require up to 3 pounds (1.5kg) of meat each day. Wild condors usually travel 150 miles (250 km) a day in search of carrion and can survive several days without feeding. The california condor can live for more than 50 years and they mate for life using the same nest for many years. Young condors require 5-7 years to become sexually mature.
The California Condor was in great danger of extinction (about 20 of them left alive by 1986 year), but thanks to the reintroduction programs their population increased to 200 in 2002 and continue growing. These photos of california condor where taken in Grand Canyon, Arizona in 2005.