Bird of the Month May Andean Condor

May

 

Andean Condor

Scientific name: Vulthur gryphus

Spanish name: Cóndor Andino

Status: Near Threatened (IUCN red list of endangered species)

Habitat and behaviour:

Rare to locally fairly common in high Andean Puna grassland, at Yungas treeline over dry to humid forest, woodland and scrub and locally in West Chaco thorn forest .Roosts and breeds in remote rocky sites.

It is threatened by persecution, as local people from the high Andes believe it kills livestock. People also kill the condor for its body parts, as they are believed to posses medicinal and mystical properties.

In 2013, Amonía conducted the first regional population census throughout the eastern Andean slopes of central to south Bolivia. We also carried out educational campaigns to raise the awareness with decision makers about the threats facing the Andean Condor

Our results show that there is an abundant population in the eastern slopes of the Bolivian Andes. The highest population density of 99 individuals was recorded in the region of Omereque, close to our Red-fronted Macaw Nature Reserve.

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e are very keen to continue this research into the population numbers and conservation status of the Andean Condor in Bolivia. It will give us crucial information on what regions of the country need to be protected for the species.

The Andean Condor program needs support to fund this research and run an educational campaign to end the persecution of the species.

If you would like to support the Andean Condor program – to protect this majestic species – please donate.

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We thank our international partners and individual donors for supporting the Andean Condor conservation program.

 

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