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    California Condor Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      California Condors are the largest wild birds in North America. The wings are exceptionally long and broad, with long primary feathers giving a fingered look to the wingtips. In flight the body is noticeably bulky, the head appears small, and the tail is short and broad.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Bald Eagle; this is the largest bird in North America.

      Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 46.1-52.8 in (117-134 cm)
        • Weight: 246.9-349.2 oz (7000-9900 g)
        • Wingspan: 109.1 in (277 cm)