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California Condor Skeleton Mounted Replica is Articulated. The California Condor Skeleton Mounted Replica is cast in Polyurethane resins, Museum quality and made in the USA. Gymnogyps californianus; Endangered. South California, being reintroduced in Arizona. Size: Flying position 58″ wing span, 30″ (147 cm x 765 cm) from head to tail. Size: Standing position 25″ H x 22″ W (63.5 cm x 59 cm). Museum of Natural History Cast.
The adult California condor is a uniform black with the exception of large triangular patches or bands of white on the underside of the wings. It has gray legs and feet, an ivory-colored bill, a frill of black feathers surrounding the base of the neck, and brownish red eyes. The juvenile is mostly a mottled dark brown with blackish coloration on the head. It has mottled gray instead of white on the underside of its flight feathers.
The condor’s head and neck have few feathers, and the skin of the head and neck is capable of flushing noticeably in response to emotional state, a capability that can serve as communication between individuals. The skin color varies from yellowish to a glowing reddish-orange. They can make a few hissing or grunting sounds only heard when very close.
California condors have the largest wingspan of any North American bird. They are surpassed in both body length and weight only by the trumpeter swan and the introduced mute swan. The American white pelican and whooping crane also have longer bodies than the condor. Condors are so large that they can be mistaken for a small, distant airplane, which possibly occurs more often than they are mistaken for other species of bird.
The middle toe of the California condor’s foot is greatly elongated, and the hind one is only slightly developed. The talons of all the toes are straight and blunt, and are thus more adapted to walking than gripping. This is more similar to their supposed relatives the storks than to birds of prey and Old World vultures, which use their feet as weapons.
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