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The condor has weak feet that are used more for walking than clutching food. Feathers are absent from most of its head and neck.
Created on Day 5
The condor helps keep the environment clean from potentially harmful bacteria found on animal carcasses. God designed within them the ability to eat much of what other animals will not eat, but this feature did not become part of their habit until after the Fall. The condor will ride air currents, similar to the eagle. This is an efficient way of flying for a bird of its size.
California condor, turkey vulture
CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Ciconiiformes (storks and relatives)
FAMILY: Cathartidae (New World vultures)
GENUS/SPECIES: Vultur gryphus
Size: Body: 40–50 in (1–1.3 m); Wingspan: 10–12 ft (3.2–3.7 m)
Weight: Males: 24–33 lbs (11–15 kg); Females: 18–23 lbs (8.2–10.4 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Primarily carrion, but also eggs from seabird colonies
Habitat: Andes, from Venezuela to Sierra del Fuego; descends to lowland desert regions in Peru and Chile