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)