• Both species are relatives of New World vultures, but are not closely related to Old World Vultures. The 2 species of condors are larger than other New World vultures such as the Turkey Vulture and Black Vulture. None of the Old World vultures, regardless of size, is called a condor.


  • Condors are part of the family Cathartidae which contains the New World vultures, whereas the 15 species of Old World vultures are in the family Accipitridae, that also includes hawks, eagles, and kites.

    Also Know, can vultures sense death? Surprisingly, though most birds lack any sense of smell , vultures can sniff out a dead critter from more than a mile away.

    Also Know, what is the difference between a California Condor and a turkey vulture?

    The California condor has a flat flight position and is very stable, compared to the slight “V” and more wobbly flight of a turkey vulture. Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) and California condors (Gymnogyps californianus) are both members of the family Cathartidae, i.e., New World vultures.

    Can a condor pick up a human?

    Although it feeds mostly on fish, it will sometimes attack other large and has been known to pick up the occasional juvenile seal. But it has never been known to pick on juvenile (or mature) humans.

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