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California Condor Profiles and LIfe Histories
Condor #168 "Beak Boy"
Hatch Day:  May 9, 1997 Hatch location Los Angeles Zoo (Release Date:  January 19, 1999 Sex:  MalePaired with #208

Parents: #20 and #29
Local biological siblings: #199 and #209 Offspring:  Fostered #429 and #665, biological chick #431 Current status:  Living along the Big Sur coast
Beak Boy was fostered by a pair of Andean Condors (which are larger and stronger than California Condors) and his foster parents accidentally injured him during a feeding and his beak was broken. Bird beaks are very sensitive and this injury took time to heal before he could be released. He has fully healed, but sports a regal, prominent bump on his beak. Beak Boy is now one of the more dominant males in the Big Sur flock and holds his own when vying for a spot at a carcass.

In 2006, he paired with Condor #208 and they have been inseparable ever since. This couple appears to us to have the happiest "marriage" of any of our paired birds. In 2007, they became the first pair to lay a fertile condor egg in the wild in Monterey County in over a century (this was #431, who was deemed genetically irreplaceable and transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo). After several nesting attempts, Beak Boy and #208 fostered Condor #665 in 2012 and, as expected, were spectacular parents!
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