Condor Chick #923 Makes A Quick Trip To The Nest Cavity – Sept. 11, 2018

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Look who stopped in for a short (and spunky) visit to the Hutton's Bowl nest cavity this morning! The young condor's natal down is all but gone, and #923 is looking more like a juvenile everyday. Dense, gray feathers have surfaced over the bird's head an neck region, giving it an overall brownish black appearance that is characteristic of younger immature condors. These scavengers take 5-7 years to attain adult appearance, during which their wing pattern and head coloration will progressively change from darker to lighter.

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About the Nest
This condor nest, known as the Hutton's Bowl nest, is located near Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Southern California. The parents of the chick in the Hutton's Bowl nest are mom #289 and dad #374. Both parents were hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo. Dad #374 hatched in 2005 and mom #289 hatched in 2002. This is their first nesting attempt together but both parents have had previous mates. When the nestling is four months old, it will receive a handmade wing tag with its studbook number, #923.

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