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Our World of Wings exhibit houses our Andean condor, great grey owl and King vulture species.

King vultures are listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List, with main threats from habitat loss and poisoning through predating on animals that have died from ingesting pesticides.

The great grey owl, like so many of the other large owls, has a booming voice which carries over large distances. Its alarm call consists of a single loud hoot, followed by several softer notes.

The Andean condors are large, New World vultures who are closely related to the Turkey vulture and the King vulture.


Animals in World of Wings

Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)
Birds

Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)

World of Wings

Area:
The high Andes and the shores of the Peruvian coast
Status:
Near threatened, listed on Appendix I of CITES and listed on Appendix II of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
Quick Fact:

As one of the largest flying birds in the world, as it soars gracefully on huge, motionless wings.

Like many birds of prey they spend a lot of time soaring around searching for food. If one condor drops to the ground after spotting a carcass others will follow to investigate, leading to old beliefs that the birds were telepathic.

Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)
Birds

Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

World of Wings

Area:
Alaska, Canada, North America, North Europe and Asia
Status:
Least concern and listed on Appendix II of CITES
Quick Fact:

The great grey owl is one of the world's most instantly recognisable birds of prey. The great grey owl is almost all feathers for insulation, underneath its body is no bigger than a tawny owl.

 

 

 

King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)
Birds

King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)

World of Wings

Area:
Central America, south as far as southern Brazil
Status:
Least concern and listed on Appendix III of CITES
Quick Fact:

Like most vultures, king vultures have a bald head to stop any feathers getting dirty whilst they are eating which also prevents a build up of bacteria.

King vultures are believed to mate for live, which can be around 30 years in the wild.

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