California vulture
California condor Cal`i*for"ni*a con"dor (Zo["o]l.) a large vulture ({Gymnogyps californianus}), also called {California vulture}.

Note: In the late 20th century it is classed as an endangered species. The California condor used to number in the thousands and ranged along the entire west coast of the United States. By 1982 only 21 to 24 individuals could be identified in the wild. A breeding program was instituted, and by 1996 over 50 birds were alive in captivity. As of 1997, fewer than ten of the bred birds had been reintroduced into the wild. [PJC]


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