Our Neighborhood's Biodiversity Map

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South America
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Shared by : Aaditya Singh (Austria)
Habitat : North America- USA and Mexico
Status : Critically Endangered (Became extinct from the wild in 1987)
Weighing more than 20 pounds, the New World vulture species, is one of the largest flying birds in the world with wing spread of more than nine feet from tip to tip.
Can soar and glide for hours without beating their wings, sometimes at more than 55 miles per hour, searching from the air, for dead animals, like deer or cattle.
They feed only on carrion (dead animals that they find).
Nest sites in cliff caves in mountains or large cavities in giant sequoia redwood trees.
Human activities, Illegal killing, indiscriminate poaching, habitat destruction.
Contamination from lead fragments in carcasses, poison bait, and environmental pollutants.
Contamination from past use of the pesticide DDT may have prevented the hatching of some condor eggs in the recent past.
Growing numbers of ravens, which threaten condor eggs and nestlings.
Accidental collision with wires and structures.
27 wild birds were captured for breeding programs at the San Diego Zoo and the Los Angeles Zoo. In 1991, some condors were reintroduced into the wild.
Use of non-lead ammunition statewide.

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