Charles Darwin and the Condor

Charles Darwin did a lot of work with birds. Darwin was a consumer of information, constantly attempting experiments, interviewing locals, making observations, and so on. For this reason, his writing about birds provides not only interesting information about birds, but also insight into his methods and thought process. I’m writing a weekly blog post about this, and the current exemplar of Darin and his “other” birds is about the Andean Condor.

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  1. #1 Richard Carter, FCD
    July 3, 2011

    See also my post: ‘Darwin performs a blind test… on some condors’:

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    July 3, 2011


  3. #3 CherryBombSim
    July 4, 2011

    I will def be following this. I have my issues with Mr. Darwin’s conclusions, but enormous respect for his observations.

  4. #4 victoria stiles
    September 15, 2011

    The Andean Condor has come to be known as a symbol of grace and majesty in Peru and other countries of South America. Its feathers, bones and eyes are said to possess magical properties. The Andean Condor is the heaviest member of the order Ciconiiformes. They live on the coast of Peru and Argentina and in the Andes Mountains of South America. Due to their heavy bodies, the Andean Condors live where strong thermal air currents exist to assist them in staying aloft. Andean Condors are ready to breed at approximately five to six years of age.