Young Andean condor in soaring flight

Andean condor

Andean condors are one of the largest flying birds on the planet. Found soaring high in the skies of South America, these giant scavengers can spot a carcass from several miles away. They mate for life, and can live to the ripe old age of 50, but they reproduce slowly, and young condors are a big responsibility for parent birds since they are unable to fly for their first 6 months, and remain reliant for a further 2 years.

Scientific name: Vultur gryphus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Andean condor taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Andean condor can be found in a number of locations including: South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Andean condor distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Near Threatened

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1