Welcome to the New Condor Court!
The National Aviary’s newest exhibit provides an expansive outdoor home for four Andean Condors.
With a wingspan of 10 feet, Andean Condors are one of the largest raptors in the world. They inhabit high mountain regions from Venezuela to Patagonia. The Andean Condor exhibit is designed to provide these massive birds with plenty of room to stretch their wings, rocky ledges to perch almost 20 feet in the air, and nesting cavities -- all designed to mimic the birds’ natural habitat in Ecuador.
Large glass viewing panels enable visitors to see these massive birds up close. The exhibit also includes an educational conservation station, where visitors can learn more about Andean Condors and the National Aviary’s ongoing efforts to protect the species.
The National Aviary is the only accredited zoo in North America exhibiting two pairs of Andean Condors and managing them for breeding.
Other birds exhibited in Condor Court include a Bald Eagle, a pair of Lesser Birds-of-Paradise, and two Cabot’s Tragopan, a type of pheasant found in south-east China.
Meet the Andean Condors
Lurch is a male condor and paired with Precious. He is at least 45 years old and came to the National Aviary from the San Antonio Zoo in 2013.
Precious is a female Andean Condor and paired with Lurch. She is approximately 49 years old and came to the National Aviary from the Dallas Zoo in 2013.
Lianni is a female condor and paired with Handsome. She is 31 years old and came to the National Aviary from Oklahoma City Zoo in 1985. Since her arrival almost 30 years ago, Lianni has hatched 3 chicks at the National Aviary.
Handsome is a male Andean Condor and paired with Lianni. He is at least 33 years old and came to the National Aviary from the Boise Zoo in Idaho in 2014.