Andean Condor Egg Laid at the National Aviary Public invited to Watch via Live Streaming Nest Cam


5/13/2019

Andean Condor Egg Laid at the National Aviary

Public invited to Watch via Live Streaming Nest Cam

 

Aviary releases video showing a rare and remarkable look at the moments before, during, and after the egg is laid

 

May 13, 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The National Aviary today announced that a pair of Andean Condors, Lianni and Lurch, produced an egg, which is expected to hatch between June 6-9. The National Aviary has also launched a live streaming nest cam, which can be viewed at http://aviary.org/condor-nest-cam, giving viewers around the world the opportunity to watch for the hatching of a rare Andean Condor chick.

The nest is tucked inside a 4 foot wide by 6 foot deep cave in Condor Court. A high-resolution infrared nest cam has been set up inside the cave to provide intimate views of Lurch and Lianni incubating the egg, which is about the size of a mango. Viewers can catch glimpses of the egg when a parent gets up to stretch its legs, and eventually, assuming all goes well, see the chick hatch and grow as parents Lianni and Lurch care for it.

Via the cam, the National Aviary captured a remarkable look at the process of egg laying. They shared that video today via their Facebook page and web site.

“It’s so rare to get a look like this at a natural behavior like egg laying, says National Aviary Executive Director Cheryl Tracy. “I found it so interesting to watch Lianni’s reaction to it all, too. It was a remarkably touching moment to witness, and I hope all our viewers can connect to Lianni through this experience and grow their concern for wild Andean Condor populations as well.”

Visitors to the National Aviary can see the male condor, Lurch, and can catch a glimpse of Lianni as she incubates her egg nestled inside a cave in the National Aviary’s Condor Court habitat.

If the hatching is successful, this will be the first Andean Condor hatching at the National Aviary since 2009. Lianni has produced four chicks in the past (not including this newly laid egg). Three of those chicks were released into the wild in Columbia and Venezuela to help boost their wild populations, and the other found its home in a conservation center in Florida.

“With Andean Condor populations in decline, every chick that hatches is important, and we are delighted to share the anticipation and wonder of the chick’s arrival with the world by way of this nest cam,” says National Aviary Executive Director Cheryl Tracy. “Through our participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ collaborative breeding program and our field conservation projects in Ecuador, the National Aviary is supporting efforts to reverse the decline of this remarkable species.”

Andean Condors are the world’s largest flighted bird, boasting a wingspan of approximately 10 feet. These massive vultures typically lay only one egg about every 18 – 24 months. The National Aviary’s Andean Condor breeding program is part of a global effort to save Andean Condors, which are threatened throughout much of their range and critically endangered in Ecuador. Condor Court was renovated in 2015 to create a habitat that mimics cliffs of the High Andes mountain regions where Andean Condors live and nest. Caves and other features were built to create an environment conducive to successful breeding.

The camera and installation services were provided by M&P Security Solutions, Inc., a veteran-owned business serving the Greater Pittsburgh Area.

The public is invited to watch the nest at http://aviary.org/condor-nest-cam. For photos, updates and exclusive content, follow the National Aviary on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube .

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The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. For admission rates and more information visit www.aviary.org.