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Andean condor

Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) can reach a weight of 11 to 15 kg (24 to 33 lb) for males and 8 to 11 kg (18 to 24 lb) for females. Overall length can range from 100 to 130 cm (3 ft 3 inches to 4 ft 3 inches). It also has a very large wingspan, up to 3.3 m (10 ft 10 in), exceeded only by the wingspans of four seabirds and water birds (the wandering albatross, southern royal albatross, great white pelican, and Dalmatian pelican).

Andean condor plays an important role in the folklore and mythology of the South American Andean regions. It is a national symbol of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuelan Andes states. It is the national bird of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador.

Image source: IBC Bird collection

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