Learning About Condors & Vultures

head shot Andean condor
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Note: As we follow the path of these majestic scavengers of the sky we learned the term “Condor” belongs in two distinct bird species but are both referred to as “New World” vultures.



Amanda V.- CA condors actually seek out and preferentially eat the bits of lead shot left in a carcass, because in the natural world, those would be bone bits and provide them necessary calcium.


This is why so many have succumbed to lead poisoning. And when a mate dies, they will find another mate, if there is another viable adult around.


But much like parrots, they do have to have a good personality match- they will not just go with anyone. NW Vultures are highly intelligent as well (another similarity with parrots, although they have very different social systems).

Catherine Tobsing – Lead is “sweet” tasting so I can see why they would seek it out, so sad. It is largely a myth that some birds will mate for “life”, yes, if they are the type of bird that stays together during the “off” breeding time they will likely stay with their mate, but if one dies, they will mourn awhile, but will seek a new mate eventually.
I recall a traffic jam once on a highway and it turned out to be a Canada Goose had been hit by a car and its mate would NOT leave it.
Some people had to stop, and ward off the surviving mate in order for others to pull the heavy dead goose off the highway before traffic could move again. I cried then, and am shedding a tear now, even 10 years afterwards.
Yes, I mentioned to Mitch that the wings are likely the most beautiful part of a vulture. Certainly the head is usually the least part. In the midwest (Illinois, Indiana) we have the Turkey Vultures (or turkey buzzard) and when they fly, looking up and seeing the underside of their wings is magnificent.
 File under Honey can we get that vulture I’ve always wanted – they’re on sale?
griffon vulture blog Learning About Condors & Vultures


1 pair Ruppells griffon vulture @ 4500$ (above)
Due to the digital footprint size for the Windy City Parrot Where The Sun Never Sets Empire – if it has to do with exotic birds, it comes across my desk top.
I’m fairly certain that the purchase and importation of any of the species below would be a felony and I would go to prison – that would be sad.
I just thought it was interesting to share with you the going price for vultures (and storks).
Dear Sir/Madam.
It appears that we will not starve for the next few days
We are dealing with all types of birds for exporting so if you are interested please let me know.
please see pictures of birds in attachment and see list of birds i can ship following list of birds
1 pair Lappet faced vulture@4500$

should an elephant die in your back yard – problem solved
you’re on your own getting rid of the bones
3 pairs Saddle billed stork@3500$
Don’t be fooled by the open bill as, like other storks,
these birds lack a vocal apparatus and are essentially mute though they do bill-clap.


He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.