Common names (Birdlife International 2015; Checklist of CITES species)
Fossil history and evolutionary relationships
Closest known (extant) relatives (Johnson et al. 2016)
Other close (extinct) relatives (Emslie 1988; Finkelstein et al. 2015a)
Recent history of the California Condor
Books and literature (selected titles)
Condors of early North America: symbolism, culture, and folklore
Vultures (general): symbolism, culture, and folklore (van Dooren 2011)
Order: Accipitriformes (New World Vultures, Secretary Bird, kites, hawks, eagles, and Osprey)
Family: Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Genus: Gymnogyps (Lesson 1842)
*Describer (Date): Shaw (1797)
As Vultur californianus in Shaw and Nodder's Naturalist's Miscellany, Vol. 9, plate 301 and text.
Amadon (1977) retained Gymnogyps.
IOC World Bird Family Index Checklist. Version 6.4; [accessed 01 Nov 2016].
An 1840 drawing of a California Condor by J.J. Audubon.
Although this species label reads "Californian Turkey Vulture," the common name of California Condor would become widely used in the mid-19th century.
This illustration appears as the first plate in Audubon's remarkable The Birds of America: From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.
A skirt of California Condor feathers is held by Edwin Davis of Mesa Verde (San Diego County, California). This skirt was made for Davis by Native Americans.
In 1940, Carl B. Koford took this photo while conducting the first natural history study of California Condors.
Image credit: © University of California Berkeley, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. All rights reserved. MVZ record #10151; http://dx.doi.org/10.7299/X7NC60XB. Used with the permission of The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley.
Image note: This is a cropped image.