Definition of condor
1a : a very large American vulture (Vultur gryphus) of the high Andes having the head and neck bare and the plumage dull black with a downy white neck ruff and white patches on the wings —called also Andean condorb : california condor
2 plural condors or condoresplay \kən-ˈdȯr-ˌās\ : a coin (such as the centesimo of Chile) bearing the picture of a condor
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Robert Benfer, a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri who focuses on biological anthropology, had previously found a series of mounds shaped like orcas, condors and other animals in coastal valleys in Peru.
The hope is to save condors and other animals that feed on carcasses and then get lead poisoning.
In 2008, state officials also banned lead ammunition in counties where the iconic California condors fly and feed.
Since then, some condors have been freed and about 360 other animals rescued from trafficking have been sent to other institutions.
Shows may feature an eagle, a vulture, a condor, a crane or a kookaburra.
While the condors scavenge enough carrion to survive on their own, Ventana uses feeding sites to check on the birds and tag them with transmitters.
In 1986, condor numbers bottomed out at 22 individuals.
Cold weather animals such as the condor, snow leopards, red pandas, penguins and more will enjoy some snow play and special enrichment treats in honor of Valentine’s Day.
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Origin and Etymology of condor
Spanish cóndor, from Quechua kuntur
First Known Use: 1604See Words from the same year
CONDOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of condor for English Language Learners
: a very large black bird from South America or a related bird from North America
CONDOR Defined for Kids
Definition of condor for Students
: a very large American vulture having a bare head and neck and a frill of feathers on the neck
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