Numbers rose through captive breeding and, beginning in 1991, condors were reintroduced into the wild.
Since then, its population has grown, but the California condor remains one of the world’s rarest bird species: as of 2017 there are 463 California condors living wild or in captivity.
Is the condor extinct?
Near Threatened (Population decreasing)
Where are condors found?
The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) which inhabits the Andean mountains. The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) currently restricted to the western coastal mountains of the United States and Mexico and the northern desert mountains of Arizona in the United States.
Why were condors almost extinct?
But the California condor is still considered critically endangered by the IUCN Redlist. Their population continues to be threatened by poison ingestion, most notably by lead poison from hunters’ bullets left in carcasses. Other threats include illegal egg collection, habitat loss, and power lines.
Do condors migrate?
MIGRATION: California condors are nonmigratory but will travel long distances to forage and can easily travel more than 100 miles in a day. BREEDING: California condors don’t reach sexual maturity till they’re six years old, and may not start breeding until they’re seven or eight.