National Animal of Colombia

National Animal of Colombia

The Anadean Condor is one of the largest birds of prey in the world which is the national animal of Colombia.  Andean condors are massive birds and can able to fly. Colombia’s National animal, the Andean condors is characterized by its longevity and therefore known as “the eternal bird”. Interesting things about the national animal of Colombia is it typically flies on sunny days.

The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) is found throughout the Andes regions of South America. But unfortunately, it is considered a near threatened species by the international Union for the Consevation of Species (IUCN), and it was placed on the US Endangered Species List in 1970. It thinks that there are just fewer than 100 are still live in Colombia. The Andean Condor Species Survival Plan some zoos are participating to protect their national animal symbol of Colombia.

Facts about Andean Condor

  • Common Name: Andean Condor
  • Trinomen: Vultur gryphus
  • Adopted in: 1834
  • Found in: South America, Colombia
  • Habitat: mountains area.
  • Color: White, Black.
  • Average Length: Male Body, 4 ft, wingspan, up to 10.5 ft.
  • Average Weight: Up to 33 lbs (15 kg)
  • Average Lifespan: 75 years in wild
  • Current number: around 100 in 2016

Andean condors are among the largest birds in the world, are so heave up to 15 kg, even their 10 foot wingspan needs some help to keep that reason they prefers windy areas. The condors are mostly black. But the males have a white collar and also white mark in their wings.  The condors keep their sharp eyes peeled for the carrion that makes up most their meal. They can leave up to 75 years.

The Andean Condor symbolizes the Colombian people’s freedom and sovereignty and it’s enough for them to be the National Symbol of Colombia.