Andean Condor is the national animal of Ecuador. Its scientific name is Vultur gryphus. Andean condor is found in the mountains of Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, and Bolivia. These birds are known to have an average lifespan of 50 years and can live up to 90 years in captivity.
The Ecuador animal Andean condor is a large bird with a wingspan of about 5 feet and weighs about 25 pounds. They have yellowish-brown feathers on their face, neck and underbelly. The male has a white head and neck while females are similar to males but with some brown markings on their head and neck. They have black legs with red claws on the toes and pink feet that turn black during molting season. Their tail feathers are long and pointy which helps them balance while flying through the air.
Andean Condor Diet
They eat small mammals like foxes, rabbits, rats, mice and other birds like hawks or vultures who feed on carrion (dead animals) in order to survive in harsh climates like Ecuador’s high altitude forests where they live year round. They hunt at night when they can see well enough from high up in trees without disturbing their prey too much by landing directly on them or getting too close for the prey’s comfort level.
Fun facts about Andean Condor
- Andean Condor is the official and native animal of Ecuador country.
- Andean condors are the worlds largest flying bird. They can have a wingspan of up to 6 feet and weigh up to 25 pounds. In addition, they have a 6-foot long tail that allows them to fly over mountains, rivers and flat land.
- The Andean condor is one of the largest flying birds in the world and it is also known as the “Queen of the Andes”. It has a wingspan of up to 3.2 metres (10 ft) and weighs up to 15 kg (33 lb).
- The Andean condor can fly at an altitude up to 6 km (19,700 ft) above sea level and its body temperature is around 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
Why is Andean Condor the national animal of Ecuador?
There are many reasons why Andean condor has been chosen as the Ecuador’s national animal. First of all, it is a symbol of the country and its culture. Its national color is blue and white, which represents the sky and the sea. Also, it represents freedom and independence.
Secondly, this bird is also very important for tourism because it is one of the most beautiful birds in the world. Its feathers have many colors that make it look like a rainbow.
Thirdly, Andean condor has been chosen as Ecuador’s national bird because it symbolizes nature, wildlife and freedom; therefore it is an omen for Ecuadorian people who want to protect nature and wildlife around the world.
This bird also represents peace between humans and animals because they coexist together peacefully. It shows how they can live in harmony with each other instead of fighting against each other like how humans do on earth today. So, due to all these reasons Andean Condor officially become the national symbol of Ecuador.