Andean Condors prefer open grasslands and alpine areas up to 5,000m (16,000ft) in elevation and in rocky mountain areas were they can spot carrion from the air. They are found in the Andes Mountains of South America.
Condors are scavengers or carrion feeders. They have been known however to take live prey like newborn animals. They are not designed to hunt as their talons are blunt and not sharp like other raptors.
Condors mate for life and become mature around 6-8 years of age. They have one chick every other year and the young can not fly until they are around 6 mths of age. They will rely on their parents for at least two more years. Do not build a nest, laying their egg on bare ground in a cave or on a ledge.
Andean Condor Profiles
Chief was born at Taronga Zoo and raised by his parents. He is housed off-display at Australia Zoo and in-training for the 'Free Flight Bird Show'. Chief is a very playful boy who enjoys lots of attention from his keepers. Windy days at the Zoo are his favourite; with huge wings like Chief's, the wind allows our young Condor to fully explore his amazing wing-span. What a little beauty!