California Condor – Millie
Species: California Condor
Liberty Arrival: 2020 / Nestling
Injury/Condition: Dislocated Elbow / Tendon Damage
Millie came to us from the Peregrine Fund Condor Recovery Group in 2020. She was a nestling and suffered a dislocated elbow after fledging the nest too soon. This resulted in permanent damage to her wing. She is not able to properly fly, and is therefore non-releasable. Millie was named after the Vermillion Cliffs.
California Condor Facts
Description: The California Condor is the largest bird in North America. In the 1980s, the total population of condors in the wild reached an all-time low of just 22. They are endangered and still closely monitored by federal and state government agencies, as well as non-profit organizations.
Habitat: California Condors range from scrubby chaparral to forested mountain regions. Condors will forage in an area encompassing 2,700 square miles from their nesting site.
Range: California Condors are only found in a fraction of their original range. They now can be found in southern and central California, Arizona, Utah, and Baja California.
Life span: California Condors can live to up to 60 years in the wild and more than 60 years in captivity.
Prey: California Condors eat carrion. They favor small to medium-sized carcasses. They swallow bones and bone chips in order to meet their calcium needs.
Nests California Condors typically nest in caves or ledges along cliffs. They usually lay their eggs directly on the dirt floor, but have been known to construct loose piles of leaves, bark, or gravel from the nesting site.
Babies: California Condors have an extremely low reproduction rate. They lay only one egg per nesting attempt, and they don’t always nest every year. The babies will rely on their parents for more than 12 months.