adult (California, USA; 2007-09-08)

California Condor
Gymnogyps californianus

Native Range: North America

Notes: the largest land bird in North America; no sexual dimorphism; an iconic endangered species, with ongoing efforts to reestablish viable wild populations through captive breeding; during the Pleistocene and other prehistoric times, these scavengers fed on large mammalian carcasses, including those of whales washed up along Pacific shores.

tagged adult showing pinkish bare head (California, USA; 2008-10-21)

note "slotting" of primary feathers at wingtips (California, USA; 2008-10-21)

juvenile, with darker head (California, USA; 2008-10-21)

with Northern Raven for size comparison (California, USA; 2008-10-21)

adult posing for portrait (California, USA; 2008-10-21)