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The largest bird in North America is also among the most endangered, with only some 230 California Condors living in the wild today. But they’ve made a huge comeback since the ’80s, when there were only 22 of them. Their slow reproduction process is one reason the species’ recovery is taking so long; females lay only one egg at a time, and young birds can take eight years to reach sexual maturity.
With a wingspan of more than nine feet, they can stay in flight for hours searching for carcasses on the ground below. When they do locate carrion, they stuff themselves with up to three pounds of meat, and don’t need to eat again for a couple of weeks.
Fun fact: These Condors have a long lifespan and may live up to 60 years!
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Three birding bits you should know about this week.
👽 Welcome to our planet These birds do not exist This captivating (and hilarious) Twitter thread shows what happens when you train artificial intelligence to create birds from images of public domain bird illustrations from old books.
Unique and worthy products from the wide world of birding you might enjoy.
Birder’s Life List and Journal. In this birding journal from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, record your birding entries, sketch your sightings, and enjoy colorful illustrations from artist Rigel Stuhmiller. $19.95
An amazing bird photo taken by one of our community members. Submit yours to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for an upcoming edition!
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