One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very large New World vulture with a bare head and mainly black plumage, living in mountainous country and spending much time soaring on massive outstretched wings.
Two species in the family Cathartidae: the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) of South America, and the California (or Californian) condor (Gymnogyps californianus), which is probably extinct in the wild
- ‘All condors belong to the same order as the vulture.’
- ‘The lead found in captive condors and released condors with low levels in their blood had isotope ratios similar to lead found in dead livestock and wildlife that had not been killed by hunters.’
- ‘One of the recovery program's goals is to have 200 condors soaring in the wild.’
- ‘The condors will succeed to the extent their new culture allows.’
- ‘In this photo she is helping to exercise the condor's wing.’
- ‘‘Yes, the condors used to nest in all these crags here above our village, but not anymore’ is a comment we hear again and again.’
- ‘Biologists, zoo officials, and condors are all learning by trial and error.’
- ‘For instance, on August 15, 2003, biologists observed a baby condor, estimated at 15 to 16 weeks old, in a remote cave in the Grand Canyon.’
- ‘A backdrop of mountains and glaciers, and condors soaring high overhead, make this the perfect antidote to the bustle of every day life.’
- ‘Not until age six will a young condor molt its brown feathers and grow the black-and-white plumage of adults.’
- ‘On some occasions, when there is food, I have succeeded in observing 24 condors together.’
- ‘Captive condors do breed successfully in captivity.’
- ‘As an ornithologist, I would be the very last person to begrudge money for the condor; I would merely like to see money for human languages as well.’
- ‘Millions of dollars have been spent on condors, and a variety of groups have worked hard to get the birds to breed in captivity and to develop techniques for introducing captive-raised birds to the wild.’
- ‘One place the condors still soar is Peru's Colca Canyon, a gorge twice as deep as Arizona's Grand Canyon.’
- ‘Our requests were answered almost immediately as a condor soared magnificently over our heads at the second pass.’
- ‘You need to do the surrogate stuff that they do with condors, for example.’
- ‘We in San Diego go through Herculean efforts to shield our condors from human contact.’
- ‘One of the condors perched in a pine atop Cable Mountain and just sat there for the better part of a half hour.’
- ‘The central view port was replaced with an image of a gleaming advanced enemy attack force whose formation had a wide span like the wings of a condor.’
Early 17th century: from Spanish cóndor, from Quechua kuntur.
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