California condor

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California condor

A very large vulture (Gymnogyps californianus) found in the southern California mountains and nearly extinct.


(ˈkɒn dər, -dɔr)

n., pl. con•dors for 1; condors, con•do•res (kənˈdɔr eɪs) for 2.
1. a New World vulture, Gymnogyps californianus (California condor) now extinct in the wild, or Vultur gryphus (Andean condor): the largest flying bird in the Western Hemisphere.
2. a former gold coin of Chile or Ecuador bearing the figure of a condor.
[1595–1605; < Sp < American Spanish < Quechua kuntur]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.California condor - North American condorCalifornia condor - North American condor; chiefly dull black; almost extinct
condor - the largest flying birds in the western hemisphere
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Now if you'll excuse me, I have some California condor eggs that need scrambling for breakfast.
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In the California Condor Recovery Program, curators have tricked Mother Nature into doubling that production by immediately stealing the first egg laid by each nesting pair.
This is another piece of just fabulous habitat where we expect the birds to thrive," said Bruce Palmer, California condor recovery coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
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