Andean Condors and Southern Caracaras feeding on a sheep carcass

Andean Condors and Southern Caracaras feeding on a sheep carcass
Species: Andean Condor   Vultur gryphus
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Date: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Added to IBC: 16 Mar 2019 - 01:23
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The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)  is found in the mountains of western South America from northern Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, descending to sea level in the far south.  Andean Condors are mainly carrion feeders, concentrating on medium to large mammals such as sheep, cattle and Guanacos (Lama guanicoe).  Three Andean Condors (one male and two females) were feeding on a sheep carcass in a field near Rio Verde in southern Chile, accompanied by over 20 adult and juvenile Southern Caracaras (Caracara plancus).  The Condors in particular were very wary – I had to shoot my video of them using the vehicle as cover.  As soon as they saw me they flew away.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1570440. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1570440.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1570440. Video of Andean Condor Vultur gryphus at Río Verde, Chile. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1570440.

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